Pussy Riot Got Beaten Up by Cossacks—and Made This Music Video About It

The band gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be tailed by Russian authorities and cameras.

Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

After a clip of the now infamous Cossack-whipping incident surfaced yesterday, punk anarchist group Pussy Riot has released a new video for the song “Putin Will Teach You How to Love.” A mix of footage from the group’s Sochi visit, the video shows the members performing around the Olympic site, Pussy Riot style, in bright dresses and balaclavas. It also includes shots of a bloodied male activist and the controversial attack.

The band unveiled the video in a press conference held at a park, after the original hosts, a Sochi hotel, dubiously cancelled because of a broken pipe. Pro-government activists heckled the speakers during the reveal.

Since two Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aloykhina, were released after a two-year imprisonment for “hooliganism,” the feminist collective has been vocal in its protest of the Putin administration’s violation of human rights. “Putin Will Teach You How to Love” criticizes the sporting event orchestrated amid political discontent. Lyrics, translated on the Pussy Riot website, include

            $50 billion and a rainbow ray

            Rodnina and Kabayeva will pass you the torch

            They'll teach you to submit and cry in the camps

            Fireworks for the bosses. Hail, Duce!

Today International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told reporters that he “found the pictures and the videos very unsettling.” Though, he added, “it’s a shame if the Olympics is used as a political platform.”

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