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WM: Pussy Riot protesters loaded via pitch demonstration



  Intruder hochfive Mbappé

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One of the Pitch Invaders High-Five France Mbappé

Russian authorities have charged four members of the punk activist group Pussy Riot with interrupting the World Cup final because they stormed the square

They are accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and illegally wearing police uniforms.

The two offenses are punishable by maximum penalties of 1

0,000 rubles and 1,500 rubles respectively.

Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights violations in Russia. Stewards pulled the four off the pitch.

The incident interrupted the second half of the match Croatia vs. France for about 25 seconds. France won 4: 2

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Security was scarce and it is not clear how the activists could get away

Pussy Riot has previously staged prominent protests against President Vladimir Putin. Three members were arrested in 2012 for an anti-Putin punk song performed in a Moscow cathedral.

The group tweeted that the four women arrested on Sunday spent all night at a police station, under great discomfort, is brought to justice to face charges of "misdemeanors".

Contradictory Reactions

Three women and one man ran onto the field despite being approached on the sideline. They wore police uniforms: white shirts, black pants and epaulettes.

One woman managed to make a high-five salary with French star Kylian Mbappé before being led off the pitch.

But the male invader was furiously attacked by Croatian defender Dejan Lovren. After the incident Lovren told reporters: "I just lost my head and I grabbed the guy and I wish I could throw him away from the stadium."

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Lovren seized one of the intruders

The man was identified as Pyotr Verzilov, husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. She was imprisoned under three Pussy Riot members in 2012.

The three women's World Cup invaders were named as Nika Nikulshina, Olga Kurachyova and Olga Pakhtusova.

A statement by Pussy Riot said the objectives of her protests involved the making of the Russian authorities:

  • Release all political prisoners
  • Stop illegal arrests at public rallies
  • Allow political competition in the country
  • Failure to produce Crime cases and remandless prisoners

The statement cited a Russian poet, Dmitri Prigow, who contrasts the "celestial policeman who speaks to God with his walkie-talkie" to "the earthly fabricating criminal cases".

The Russian anti-Putin activist and blogger Alexei Navalny has tweeted a video clip showing two of the pitch invaders being interrogated.

There is a furious voice screaming at Mr. Verzilov and one of the women – they look disheveled in their fake police uniforms.

"Sometimes I regret it's not 1937," says the person outside the camera, referring to the Communist era terrorist attack initiated by Soviet editor Joseph Stalin.


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