Pussy Riot to perform in Cape Town after secret visit to city

Members of Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot – whose human rights activities have led to them being beaten, locked up and poisoned – are expected to perform in Cape Town this weekend, although they won’t say where.

“We don’t usually tell anything about our work,” said Olya Kurachova, one of the three  members who ran onto the pitch during the finals of the soccer World Cup in July in Russia to raise awareness of human rights abuses there.

Kurachova, Veronika Nikulshina and Olga Pakhtusova spoke to the media at the V&A Waterfront on Friday after spending the past two weeks in the city. Italian visual artist Marinella Senatore invited them to Cape Town to work with her.

The fourth participant in the soccer invasion, Peter Verzilov, who has been investigating the deaths of three Russian journalists, was not present. He was treated in Germany for severe poisoning and is still recovering.

Nikulshina said the other Pussy Riot members fled to Israel after lawyers advised them that it was not safe to return to Russia.

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