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Pussy Riot members attacked in a McDonald's

They were also attacked by a group of Cossacks during a protest in Sochi, during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, March 7 (UPI) -- Two members of the Russian activist group and punk band Pussy Riot were attacked while eating breakfast at a McDonald's Thursday, leaving them with head injuries and chemical burns.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were eating breakfast when a group of men wearing patriotic symbols doused them with pepper spray and covered them with trash and green antiseptic. In the video, Tolokonnikova can be seen ducking and covering her face as the men yell at them to, "Go to America."

In a tweet from Alyokhina, she says that the "Zone of Truth" was visiting Nizhny Novgorod and that due to the attack, Tolokonnikova had burnt eyes and she required stitches.


According to reports, both women had head injuries and chemical burns. The local police claimed that the attack was a PR stunt, but Amnesty International says that the attack was unprovoked.

"The activists, who were joined by other members of the new prisoners' rights NGO 'Zone of the Rights', say they were in the city to inspect a local prison colony," said Amnesty International.

Law enforcement officials say they will investigate the incident.


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