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From the mass killing of stray dogs to the harsh conditions in Olympic Village, controversy is nothing-new to this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.  Things seem to have taken a turn for the worse today, however, as things got violent in the port in Sochi, just 20 miles from where the games are held.

Members of a Russian punk protest group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are certainly no strangers to the spotlight.  Just this past December, the two group members were released from prison after serving 21 months for hooliganism and blasphemy, when the Russian government finally approved an amnesty.    Despite almost two years in prison for their performance of protest in the Moscow cathedral, Pussy Riot has appeared to be anything but defeated.

Today, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, were attacked by Cossack militia while performing in Sochi.  The attack begun shortly after the two Pussy Riot members began performing their new song, “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland.” Video footage shows the Cossacks quickly moving in, using whips and pepper spray on the group members, as well as on journalists.  Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina took to Twitter to post about what happened, as well as pictures of their bruises, cuts and other injuries suffered from the attack.

Tolokonnikova has told reporters that since arriving in Sochi on Sunday, she along with Alyokhina and other activists traveling with them, have been detained on multiple occasions.  Russian authorities in Sochi said that they were in custody concerning a robbery in a hotel.  Tolokonnikova however believes they are being targeted for their protests.

While this drama may not be taking place within the confines of the Olympic venues, it appears to be heightening the concern for safety, especially of activists, in surrounding Sochi.

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