SOCHI, Russia – Russian punk band Pussy Riot is ending its stay in the Olympic city of Sochi by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin.
The band has been filming in Sochi since Sunday and has had violent run-ins with authorities. On Wednesday, Cossack militia attacked the group with horsewhips as they tried to perform under an Olympic sign.
Pussy Riot on Thursday presented a video called "Putin will teach you how to love the motherland". The video posted on YouTube features a song and footage of the band's protests. Members told a news conference their treatment in Sochi is symptomatic of stifling dissent in Russia.
Two band members spent nearly two years in prison on charges of hooliganism for their protest in Moscow's main cathedral in 2012.