SOCHI, Russia- On Wednesday members of the all girl punk rock group named, Pussy Riot were attacked on a public plaza in front of a Sochi Olympics sign- by Cossacks armed with whips and pepper spray. This all happened just one day after police picked them up and held them for almost four hours without charges.

The all women group where trying to shoot a video about 20 miles from Olympic Park for their new protest song, “Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland,” When Cossacks appeared and began to rip the mask off the women as they man handled the five women and one camera man and beat them with whips while using pepper spray.

What is a Cossack? A Cossack is a member of people from southern Russia and Ukraine, noted for their horsemanship and military skill. It seems they where hired to help police the Winter Olympics.

I couldn’t believe what I was watching please view the videos below and let me know what you think. Did the Russian government overreact?

Cossacks attack Pussy Riot members:

IOC Comments on Pussy Riot:

Some Ukrainian Athletes leave the winter games early due to violence:

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