Just like the days of the Czar:

(There's an ad first).  Here is the link to the You Tube: Pussy Riot attacked with whips by police at Sochi

Russian Cossacks attacked members of punk band Pussy Riot with whips and pepper spray Wednesday as they prepared to perform in downtown Sochi.

Six of the group’s members — five women and one man — had donned their trademark colorful balaclavas and were pulling out a guitar and microphone when at least 10 Russian security force members converged on them.

One Cossack can be seen spraying Nadezhda Tolokonnikova with pepper spray before whipping her and fellow group member Maria Alekhina.

Tolokonnikova was then thrown to the ground and whipped again.


Cossacks attacked us, beat us with whips and abundantly sprayed us with pepper gas,”  Tolokonnikova tweeted.

Salon: Pussy Riot members whipped by Russian Cossacks in Sochi

Putin is a pig.  The Olympics are a Potemkin Village masking the oppressive regime.

Update I:

Krasnodar region governor Alexander Tkachev promised to conduct a "thorough probe" into the incident and prosecute the attackers. Tkachev said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency that the views of Pussy Riot "are not supported by the majority of people in the region" but stressed the importance of abiding the law.

Later on Wednesday, Tolokonnikova, Alekhina and two others held another surprise mini-performance in central Sochi, this time next to Olympic rings in front of the City Hall.

Jumping up and down, one playing a plastic guitar, they sang-shouted in Russian: "Putin will teach you how to love the motherland!" A person dressed as one of the Olympic mascots joined them for a moment in an apparent joke.

The Guardian
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