World Cup final Pussy Riot pitch invaders sentenced to jail 3 years ago

World Cup final Pussy Riot pitch invaders sentenced to jail

The four pitch invaders who interrupted Sunday's World Cup final have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Kurachyova and Pyotr Verzilov, all members of Russian protest group Pussy Riot, were sentenced to jail time by a Moscow court on June 16.

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The protestors ran onto the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium during the second-half of France vs Croatia before they were apprehended by security.

Group member Kurachyova told reporters that the invasion was a protest of FIFA, and heads of state who violate human rights: “It is a pity that we disrupted the sportsmen. FIFA is involved in unfair games unfortunately. FIFA is a friend of heads of states who carry out repression, who violate human rights.”

President of Vladimir Putin was in attendance for the match, as was French president Emmanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Members of the Pussy Riot group have been imprisoned by Russia before, most notably after a protest at a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

The group is vehemently anti-Putin, and has released a song titled 'Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away.'