JRL NEWSWATCH: “Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final” – AP

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“… Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final. … [tweeting] that the disruption was a protest.  … four people … charged onto the field in the 52nd minute … in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms … [They] were tackled to the ground by stewards. … ‘Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,’ the group said on Twitter, and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to ‘illegal arrests’ of protesters and to ‘allow political competition’ in Russia. Their statement also referenced the case of Oleg Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from File Photo of Pussy Riot Members in Courtroom Enclosure, With Man Showing Papers to One While Female Guard Looks OnUkraine in 2014 … sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy to commit terror acts. He denies the charges and has been on a hunger strike ….”

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