IOC: Attack on Pussy Riot was 'unsettling'

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Photo - Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the aqua balaclava, left, interacts with an Olympic mascot while the group perform next to the Olympic rings in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Cossack militia attacked the punk group with horsewhips earlier in the day as the artists - who have feuded with Vladmir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the aqua balaclava, left, interacts with an Olympic mascot while the group perform next to the Olympic rings in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Cossack militia attacked the punk group with horsewhips earlier in the day as the artists - who have feuded with Vladmir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says images of the attack on the Pussy Riot punk group in Sochi are "very unsettling."

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the governor of the Krasnodar region has apologized for the attack and is investigating.

Adams says it's a matter not directly related to the Sochi Games but he "found the pictures and the video very unsettling."

On Wednesday, Cossack militia attacked the group with horsewhips as they tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

Adams says the IOC wants to know more details but called it "largely an issue for" the Russian government.

He added that "it's a shame if the Olympics is used as a political platform" and that "we saw the strong feelings, on both sides, these things can provoke."

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