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As activists Pussy Riot ran out onto the field in the finals of the 2018 World Cup. In several screenshots

They received the passports of the fans and quietly passed through the stewards.

Activist Pussy Riot on the field "Luzhniki". Getty Photos
Activist Pussy Riot on the field “Luzhniki”. Getty Photos

July 15 during the finals of the FIFA World Cup four activists Pussy Riot in police uniforms ran out on the field of the stadium “Luzhniki”. The group demanded the release of political prisoners and stop illegal arrests. The activists were detained, administrative cases were brought against them , for which fines, compulsory work and a ban on visiting sports events are threatened.

Friends of activists anonymously told Kommersant that the race was preparing for about a week. According to them, the members of Pussy Riot went to the stadium, having pre-registered the passport of the fan – according to the rules, it is issued only if there is a ticket for any match of mundialya.

Pyotr Verzilov, who is called the producer of the group, made an “authorized haircut” for the sake of similarity with the police, and some girls hid the bright color of hair with wigs. Where the activists changed their clothes – it is not known exactly, but during the preparation it was supposed that they would carry the things of the MVD employees to the arena and “be transformed” in the toilet or utility room. In the video with questioning, Versilov claimed that he took the form for rent.

It turns out, Pussy Riot overcame several lines of control, where it is usually checked Fan ID with the identity of its owner, and also check the ticket for the match. It is still impossible to trace the “path” of activists in the “Luzhniki” to the edge of the field in detail.

On the site of the First Channel , a recording of the game from several cameras is available. With the help of one of them, tactical, it is clear that the activists came to the stadium at about 52 minute of the match. As noted “Vedomosti”, they went to the entrance to the podium D119-120.

Then the “police” met with the stewards and, as is supposed, after a brief conversation unobstructed reached the stairs. What they said is unknown.

Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
At the bottom of the staircase, another steward was on duty, who, according to the broadcast, did not pay attention to the activists. They descended to the field in 10 seconds and just passed by.

About 20 seconds the activists stood at the billboards and, based on the broadcast, talked about something.

Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
The moment, in which Pussy Riot climbed over the shield, did not get on the video because of the French attack on the opposite gate (tribune A). However, several cameras removed the remaining moments of the action.
Activists climbed over the shields and ran to the field during the attack of the Croats. Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
Stewards chasing activists, the judge starts whistling to stop the match. Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
Stewards chasing activists, the judge starts whistling to stop the match. Screenshot from the broadcast of the First Channel
It is not known whether the First Channel plans to correct the broadcast of the match, removing the footage from the Pussy Riot race. At the time of writing, notes from multiple cameras are still available. YouTube blocked the video because of FIFA copyright infringement.

The final match of the 2018 World Cup was suspended for a few minutes, but resumed after the activists of Pussy Riot were taken from the field. The French defeated the Croatian national team with a score of 4: 2 and became world champions.

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