Russian Officials Harass Pussy Riot Play Director

Immigration enforcers barge in on play based on band's trial

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 4, 2013 1:17 AM CST

(Newser) – In a raid that was "more Kafka than Stalin," Russian immigration officials barged into a Moscow theater yesterday during a play based on the trial of punk band Pussy Riot, Swiss theater director Milo Rau says. The performance was interrupted but the raid quickly petered out when it turned out his visa was in order, Rau says. The warrant they used also had a wrong address on it. Rau was directing a three-day reenactment of trials against Russian artists, including Pussy Riot, which staged an impromptu anti-Putin protest in Moscow's main cathedral last year.

Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich,  top, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,are seen behind a glass wall at a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 30, 2012.
Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, top, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,are seen behind a glass wall at a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
Amnesty International members hold their Pussy Riot fan scarfs at a protest in Brussels last month.
Amnesty International members hold their Pussy Riot fan scarfs at a protest in Brussels last month.   (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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