Russian thugs attack 2 Pussy Riot women in McDonald’s, one has concussion

Two members of the female Russian punk rock/activist group were violently attacked in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia today by thugs, which Amnesty International said appeared to be sent by “an organized group.”

The women went to the hospital, where one was diagnosed with a concussion:

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The women were attacked with pepper spray and a green chemical throw in their faces.  Thus, I believe the red you see on the one woman’s face below is blood:

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At least one of the women appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “Colbert Report” not a month ago.

In a video posted online, see below, you can see the men throw things at the woman, and spray them with pepper spray or something similar. The men yell epithets at the women, calling them “whores” and “bitches,” and telling them to shove their chicken meals “in your c*nt.”

You can hear someone calling for McDonald’s security, but McDonald’s security appears to never show up, while the attack against the women continues.

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Due to the video, the faces of the attackers are clearly evident. But the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin has a poor track record of prosecuting such attacks, even when the attackers are on film.

Here is the one shooting the pepper spray, in the video you can hear the women scream:

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As you can see, it’s not terribly difficult identifying the attackers:

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The attackers appeared to have their own cameraman.

As I wrote earlier, Russian neo-Nazis claim to have committed nearly 1,500 kidnappings of gays, blacks and Jews, and while there is abundant video of the abductions – the criminals video themselves and post the films on Russian social media site VK.com, where they also organize the kidnappings – the perpetrators are rarely investigated or arrested.

The Russian government is thought to either tacitly, or overtly, approve of this violence, as it’s occuring against “enemies of the state,” be they gays, blacks, Jews, successful industrialists who don’t toe the party line, or in this case, a couple of women in a band who don’t know their place in a country over-run by actual neo-Nazis.


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