Pussy Riot presents Sochi punk video

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2014 at 7:43 am •  Published: February 20, 2014
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Tolokonnikova described the band's performances throughout the city since Sunday as a form of "active boycott" of the games.

Madonna, the band's highest-profile fan, tweeted on Thursday: "Are you kidding me? Are the police in Russia actually whipping Pussy Riot for making music on the streets?"

As they gave the news conference in a Sochi park, Pussy Riot was surrounded by pro-Kremlin activists, who interrupted speakers.

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday condemned the attack on Pussy Riot, saying images it saw were "very unsettling."

Since their release in December, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina have avoided public performances and plunged into activism. They set up a group to defend prisoners' rights and have been publicizing alleged abuse in Russian prisons.

A masked Pussy Riot member said the band had set out to attract international attention to the plight of defendants in a trial she described as "the biggest disgrace of modern Russia."

Twenty people were arrested after clashes between police and demonstrators in May 2012 on Bolotnaya Square on the eve of Putin's inauguration to a third term as Russia's president. They are now on trial, and some of them face up to 10 years in prison if convicted for the protest.

The band is due to attend the trial verdict in the Bolotnaya trial on Friday morning.