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Watch Pussy Riot Get Whipped By Cossacks In Sochi

21st Century Russia.

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One day after they were detained in the Olympic city of Sochi, several members of the opposition punk group Pussy Riot were accosted by Cossacks while trying to perform a protest stunt on Wednesday.

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Cossacks are an ultra-Orthodox group that date back to 15th Century Russia. Their popularity has soared as President Vladimir Putin turns increasingly conservative, and they were called in to do extra security in Sochi during the Olympics.

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