Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Claims Responsibility For Protesters Running On Field During World Cup Match

During France’s victorious match against Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, the action was momentarily interrupted when four costumed people stormed onto the field, pausing the game briefly until they were ejected by security.

While their motives weren’t immediately clear, controversial Russian punk band Pussy Riot is claiming responsibility for the actions of the interlopers, who were dressed in police uniforms when they ran onto the field.

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Before being ejected, one of the four managed to give a double high-five to France forward Kylian Mbappe.

The police uniforms, the band declared on social media, are to honour Russian poet Dimitriy Prigov on the 11th anniversary of his death, with the costumes meant to illustrate Prigov’s “heavenly policeman,” who “talks on the two-way with… God Himself.”

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Contrasting the notion of the “heavenly policeman” with the “earthly policeman,” the anti-Putin band outlines a list of demands for the Russian government, including the freeing of political prisoners, halting illegal arrests at rallies, allowing political competition in Russia and the cessation of fabricating “criminal accusations and not keep people in jails for no reason.”

They later updated fans on the status of those who ran onto the field, revealing they would likely spend the night in jail.

Pussy Riot has been making headlines since 2012 due to their public criticism of Russian president Vladimir Putin, a stance that led two members of the band to be imprisoned for two years.

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