Pitch Invasion During World Cup Final Between France And Croatia Carried by Anti-Kremlin Band Pussy Riot

Pitch Invasion During World Cup Final Between France And Croatia Carried by Anti-Kremlin Band Pussy Riot

A pitch invasion during the World Cup final between France and Croatia was carried out by the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, its social media accounts have claimed.

The brief invasion in the second half of the match was quickly addressed by security staff - and stands as one of the few remarkable political protests during the tournament.

The invaders were later detained by police, one of them told the Reuters news agency by telephone from a police station near Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, where the match was held.

The invasion featured two women and a man dressed in police-style uniforms who ran onto the field. A fourth person tried to run onto the pitch but was tackled on the sidelines.

The social media accounts for Pussy Riot claimed to have been behind the stunt, which was meant to draw attention to what it said were human rights abuses in Russia.

In a statement, the band explained that the stunt was in honour of the death of Dimitriy Prigov - a poet and dissident during the Soviet era.

The band's page stated: "Prigov created an image of a policeman, a carrier of the heavenly nationhood, in the Russian culture.

"The heavenly policeman, according to Prigov, talks on the two-way with the God Himself. The earthly policeman gets ready to disperse rallies.

"The heavenly policeman rises as an example of the nationhood, the earthly policeman hurts everyone."

The post demanded that political prisoners be freed and "illegal arrests" at rallies be stopped, among other things.

Band member Olga Kurachyova told Reuters she was among those who ran onto the pitch during the game and was detained.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence in 2012 with their outdoor performances which were critical of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sky News

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