2018 World Cup Local Organizing Committee chief calls Pussy Riot demonstration “schtick of the final”

2018 World Cup Local Organizing Committee chief calls Pussy Riot demonstration “schtick of the final”
Oleg Sorokin Photo: Valery Sharifulin / TASS

Stewards who worked at the stadium at the time of the incident, according to Alexey Sorokin, will be punished; disciplinary measures will be taken.

World Cup Local Organizing Committee chief Alexey Sorokin called the Pussy Riot demonstration a “dramatic switch" and a "schtick of the final." This opinion Sorokin expressed in an interview with the newspaper Sport Express.

According to him, the incident seemed "extremely unpleasant." "I disfavor what happened," Sorokin said. Invading the pitch, participants Pussy Riot "took advantage of the police uniform and staged a rally without respect for the work of thousands of people." "But on the other hand, now we get a schtick of the final. A dramatic switch," said the chief of the 2018 World Cup.

Stewards who worked at the stadium at the time of the incident, according to Alexey Sorokin, will be punished; disciplinary measures will be taken. "[We will] shame them," he added, noting that it was "the guilt on the part of the staff, that they did not stop [participants in the action]." "This is a violation," the general director of the organizing committee said.

Nevertheless, he called "a unique case" what happened at the match. "It was the final of the 2018 World Cup. People just put on a form. And we all grew up with respect for the form. Yes, the stewards acted unprofessionally. But do not blame them. People who invaded the pitch were too cunning," Sorokin said.

The incident involving Pussy Riot occurred on July 15 during the final match of the World Cup during France v Croatia. At the 52nd minute of the game, four people, three girls, and one young man, ran out to the pitch. They were all dressed in police uniforms.

The action that the group members arranged at the stadium, as Pussy Riot explained later, was called Policeman enters the game. It coincided with the anniversary of the death of the author of Apotheosis of a Policeman, poet Dmitry Prigov. Pussy Riot, as specified by its representatives, thus wanted to demand the release of political prisoners in Russia.

To remove the activists from the field, the game had to be stopped for two minutes. After the detention of young people, law enforcement officers drafted administrative protocols. They concerned violations of the rules of conduct of spectators during official sports competitions, as well as illegal wearing of uniforms. On July 17, all activists were arrested for 15 days. Nevertheless, two days later, the participants of Pussy Riot who ran out into the field appealed their arrest.

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