Police trying to classify Pussy Riot performance during World Cup finals as criminal offense

Police trying to classify Pussy Riot performance during World Cup finals as criminal offense
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Earlier, Pussy Riot, who had run on to pitch in protest during the World Cup finals, were charged with administrative offenses.

Law enforcement authorities have been conducting a check of the protest performance staged by Pussy Riot to find signs of a criminal offense, RBC reported referring to sources in the central department of Moscow Ministry of Internal Affairs and Luzhniki police.

The investigation is being conducted under Art. 144 and Art. 145 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), which means that the investigating authorities will have to decide to either open a criminal case or refuse from opening one based on the findings of the examination.  

Earlier, Pussy Riot members, who had run on to pitch in protest during the World Cup finals were charged with administrative offenses under Art. 20.31 ("Violation of audience behavior rules during sports competitions") and 17.12 ("Illegal wearing of uniforms with signs of distinction, symbols of state paramilitary organizations, law enforcement or supervisory bodies") of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

Four people were detained: three women and a man, who ran on to pitch in protest during the Luzhniki final match on July 15 wearing police uniforms. The game had to be suspended for two minutes until the protesters were taken away. Officers of the control and administrative service removed the protesters from the field.

Later Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the performance they called "Policeman enters the Game." The activists circulated an appeal calling for a softer regime in the country.

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