World Cup: Pussy Riot protesters jailed for 15 days over pitch demonstration

World Cup: Pussy Riot protesters jailed for 15 days over pitch demonstration
World Cup: Pussy Riot protesters jailed for 15 days over pitch demonstration

Four members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have been jailed for 15 days for disrupting the World Cup final by running onto the pitch. They were accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and wearing police uniforms illegally.  They were also banned from attending sports events for three years.  Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights abuses in Russia. Stewards hauled the four off the pitch. The incident interrupted the second half of the Croatia v France match for about 25 seconds. France went on to win 4-2. Pussy Riot has staged high-profile protests against President Vladimir Putin before. Three members were jailed in 2012 for an anti-Putin punk song performed in a Moscow cathedral. The group has tweeted that the four arrested on Sundayspent the whole night at a police station in great discomfort.

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