Russian Snowboarder Shows Off Pussy Riot-Themed Board at Olympics

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 7 2014 11:16 AM

Russian Snowboarder Shows Off Pussy Riot-Themed Board at Olympics

Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev is a brave man, and not only because he's currently taking part in the men's slopestyle event on a course that prompted medal-favorite Shaun White to drop out citing safety concerns, via the Associated Press:

Sobolev took to the Olympic slopestyle course Thursday with the bottom of his board painted with a knife-wielding woman in a ski mask. The picture looked very much like a member of Pussy Riot, the all-woman Russian protest punk band jailed two years ago after a performance in a Moscow cathedral that did not sit well with Russian authorities.
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Asked by reporters about his board, Sobolev played coy. "Anything is possible," he said. "I wasn’t the person who designed the board." He also declined to say whether he was a fan of Pussy Riot, the protest/punk band that continues to draw attention to the sins of Putin's government. But one look at the board makes the homage fairly clear:

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