Horrific video of Pussy Riot & photographer whipped, tear-gassed by Russian police

I had heard about this earlier today, but hadn’t checked out the video until now. Dear Lord. It’s horrific. The Russian police went to break up an impromptu protest performance by the punk dissident group Pussy Riot at the Sochi Olympics, and the police (a local Cossack militia hired to help with Olympic security) decided it was necessary to tear gas the women and then beat them with whips – for singing a song.

But if that weren’t enough, the police then started whipping a photographer.

It’s ghastly. The Telegraph posted some video online that’s simply incredible to watch.

I’ve made several gifs of the key moments – I’m speechless.

First tear gas:

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Then whips:

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Then they whip a photographer:

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Then they throw one of the women to the ground, and then whip her for good measure:

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If you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s recent interview with two of the band members of Pussy Riot, it’s a must-see.


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