Russia: Pussy Riot play disrupted in Moscow
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||3 March 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Pussy Riot play disrupted in Moscow, 3 March 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/513dd1d528.html [accessed 3 May 2015]|
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March 03, 2013
Members of Pussy Riot perform in Red Square in Moscow in January 2012.
A performance of a play about the embattled Russian protest group Pussy Riot was interrupted in Moscow when immigration officials approached the Swiss director to ask for his travel documents.
Immigration authorities confirmed they had entered the Sakharov human rights museum, where the play was being staged, and determined that director Milo Rau was holding a business visa that did not allow for "work activity."
The play was later disrupted a second time when Orthodox activists and Cossacks gathered outside the venue to protest what they claimed was the play's antireligious content.
The play, called "The Moscow Trials," tells the story of last year's trial of three Pussy Riot members for hooliganism after staging a protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax