2018 World Cup: Pussy Riot protesters charged in Russia

World Cup 2018 By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/07/2018

Russian authorities have charged four members of the punk activist group Pussy Riot for disrupting the World Cup final by running onto the pitch, BBC Sports reports.

They are accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and of wearing police uniforms illegally. The two offences carry maximum fines of 10,000 roubles (£121; $161) and 1,500 roubles, respectively.

Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights abuses in Russia. Stewards hauled the four off the pitch. The incident interrupted the second half of the Croatia v France match for about 25 seconds. France went on to win 4-2.

Pussy Riot has staged high-profile protests against President Vladimir Putin before. Three members were jailed in 2012 for an anti-Putin punk song performed in a Moscow cathedral.

The group has tweeted that the four arrested on Sunday spent the whole night at a police station in great discomfort and will be taken to court to face the charges for "administrative offences".
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