Pussy Riot Members sentenced to prison for World Cup protest

On July 15th, four members of Pussy Riot rushed onto the field during the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow wearing police uniforms. All four of the members, Veronica “Nika” Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov, were sentenced to  “15 days in Russian jail,” they are also prohibited from attending sports events for three years.

Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the action in a statement on social media. The collective said it was a protest of Russia’s political and prison systems and they also released a list of demands to the Russian government: free political prisoners, end “illegal arrests at protests,” and “allow political competition in the country.”

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