Russian forces whip Pussy Riot membersLoading
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics
    Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the group tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. One Cossack appeared to use pepper spray, another whipped several group members while others ripped off their masks and threw the guitar in a garbage can.

    Cossacks trace their history in Russia back to the 15th century. Serving in the czarist cavalry, they spearheaded imperial Russia's expansion and were often used as border guards. Under communism, they virtually disappeared, but have since resurfaced, particularly in the south.

    Here is a gallery of images from the altercation:

    Morry Gash | AP
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics
    A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a photographer as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alekhina, center, in the pink balaclava, stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 21miles from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out of the restaurant wearing brightly colored clothes and ski masks and were set upon by about a dozen Cossacks, who are used by police authorities in Russia to patrol the streets.
    Morry Gash | AP
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics Pussy Riot
    Members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the blue balaclava and Maria Alekhina in the pink balaclava, are attacked by Cossack militia.
    Morry Gash | AP
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics Pussy Riot
    A member of the punk group Pussy Riot is restrained by Cossack militia after the group tried to perform in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
    Morry Gash | AP
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics Pussy Riot
    A photographer is whipped by a member of the Cossack militia while trying to photograph members of the punk group Pussy Riot being attacked by Cossack militia and a Russian security officer, in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
    Morry Gash | AP
  • APTOPIX Sochi Olympics Pussy Riot
    A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a photographer as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alekhina, right, in the pink balaclava, stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
    Morry Gash | AP
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