Pussy Riot protester released by police, then beaten by Russian thugs

This past Sunday, a pro-Pussy Riot protest was staged at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral where the riot grrrl group performed their “Punk Prayer,” which led to their detainment. The goal was to once again sing the anti-Vladimir Putin song inside the Russian Orthodox church that politically supports Putin.

One of the protesters, Roman Dobrokhotov, was detained by riot police. After Dobrokhotov was released and leaving the police station, he was attacked by a group of seven soccer hooligans.

Opposition leaders claim that the Russian state hires these hooligans to break up anti-government rallies, according to the Associated Press.

The Sunday action was also notable for including a dozen activists from the militant Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers, who, dressed not unlike Hell’s Angeles, screamed obscenities at protesters and attempted to fight them with holy water.

Only the penitent man will pass, apparently.