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Four members of Pussy Riot arrested for 15 days per action at World Cup 2018

They were found guilty of violating the rules of conduct at official sports events.

Veronika Nikulshina in the courtroom. Photo by Maria Latsinskaya

Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow arrested for 15 days a participant of Pussy Riot Veronika Nikulshin for the action “Militiaman comes into play“at the World Cup-2018. This was reported by Mediason.

Nikulshin was convicted for part 3 of Article 20.31 of the Code of Administrative Violations (gross violation of the rules of behavior of spectators during official sports competitions). She was also banned from attending sports events for three years.

The activist admitted that she violated the rules of conduct by running to the field during the 2018 World Cup, but denied the “rough character” of her actions.

The court is expecting three more participants of the action. According to the Telegram-channel Mash, two members of Pussy Riot were fined 3,000 rubles. They did not run out on the field, but they helped the activists with the organization.

Last updated at 21:37: The second participant of the action Olga Kuracheva was arrested for 15 days, correspondent reported. She was also accused of violating the rules of conduct during official sports competitions and was banned from attending events for three years.

According to the lawyer, the resolution did not specify that the actions of Kuracheva led to the suspension of the game. The activist herself claimed that the girl described by the stadium staff during the detention was not like her.

First of all, I’m 31 years old, not 20-26 years old. Secondly, I have pink hair, not dark hair. Thirdly, I did not jostle or kick. Obviously, the girl described does not look like me.

Olga Kuracheva
activist Pussy Riot
Olga Kurchaeva. Photo by Maria Latsinskaya

Updated at 22:00: The third participant in the action, Pyotr Verzilov, was arrested for 15 days. He was also banned from attending sports events for three years.

Pyotr Verzilov. Photo by Maria Latsinskaya

Last updated at 22:50: The fourth participant of the action Olga Pakhtusova was arrested on the 15th day.

Pakhtusov was also found guilty of violating the rules of conduct during official sports competitions and banned attendance for three years. The activist did not admit guilt. She complained that she was “painfully detained” and “dragged along the field.”

Olga Pakhtusova (left). Photo by Maria Latsinskaya
At the beginning of the second half of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, four members of Pussy Riot ran out onto the field in police uniform and managed to reach the center of the field. With the help of the action, which they called the “Militiaman comes into play”, they demanded to release all political prisoners, to cancel the terms for “husky” and illegal arrests at rallies, to allow political competition in the country and not to fabricate criminal cases. Administrative cases were brought against them 
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