Alexey Sobolev-Pussy Riot: Russian snowboard shows off protest-themed board at Sochi Games.
Russian Snowboarder Shows Off Pussy Riot-Themed Board at Olympics
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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.

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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