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Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips Wednesday as the group tried to perform under a sign advertising the Olympics. Wearing their signature ski masks, 6 group members started to sing as security officials moved in. (Feb. 19)

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Sochi, Russia - 19 February 2014

1. Mid tracking shot of Pussy Riot band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (yellow tights) and Maria Alekhina (blue tights) together with other activists walking along embankment toward water for a protest

2. Various of Pussy Riot band members putting on masks and starting to perform, UPSOUND of band members in Russian saying: "Putin will teach you to love the Motherland"

3. Cossacks attacking them with spray and beating them with whip, more cossacks taking their masks off

4. Various of cossacks holding Pussy Riot band members, one Cossack throws Tolokonnikova on ground, another whips her, Sochi 2014 banner in background

5. Mid of Tolokonnikova being helped off ground by Alekhina

6. Wide of Cossacks scuffling with activists, Sochi 2014 sign in background

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7. Wide of Cossacks attacking one of Pussy Riot band girls with whip and pushing her, UPSOUND (Russian): "Bitch, fuck you, go to the US." (*bleeped out)

8. Mid tracking shot of Pussy Riot band members taking guitar out from rubbish bin and walking away, surrounded by other activists

STORYLINE:

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.

Six group members - five women and one man - donned their signature ski masks and were pulling out a guitar and microphone as at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

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.

Police arrived and questioned witnesses, but no one was arrested.

The Cossacks violently pulled masks from women's heads, beating group member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova with a whip as she lay on the ground.

The incident lasted less than three minutes and one Pussy Riot member, a man wearing a bright yellow tank top, was left with blood on his face, saying he had been pushed to the ground.

Pussy Riot, a performance-art collective involving a loose membership of feminists who edit their actions into music videos, has become an international flashpoint for those who contend Putin's government has exceeded its authority, particularly restricting human and gay rights.

The group gained international attention in 2012 after barging into Moscow's main cathedral and performing a "punk prayer" in which they entreated the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Putin, who was on the verge of returning to the Russian presidency for a third term.

Two members of the group, Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, were sentenced to two years in prison, but were released in December under an amnesty bill seen as a Kremlin effort to assuage critics before the Olympics.

On Tuesday, two members of the group were briefly detained in Sochi, but not arrested.

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