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16/07/2018 09:24 SAST | Updated 16/07/2018 09:24 SAST

Pussy Riot Takes Responsibility For Field Invasion At World Cup Final

The demonstrators stormed the field during the second half of the match between France and Croatia.

The anti-Kremlin punk activist group Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for several people who ran across the field during the World Cup final on Sunday.

Four people wearing similar black-and-white uniforms stormed the field in Moscow during the second half of the match between France and Croatia.

"Hello everyone from the Luzhniki pitch, it's cool here!" the group posted on Twitter and Facebook almost immediately after the stunt, according to Reuters.

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A man and woman are seen being chased by guards after invading the field at the World Cup final Sunday.

Olga Kurachyova, who is a member of Pussy Riot, identified herself as one of the four people in a phone call to Reuters from a Moscow police station where she said she had been detained.

Members of Pussy Riot have been detained and arrested in the past for participating in political protests and performances in Russia.

Sunday's spectacle came as Croatia trailed France 2-1. Photos captured one female participant high-fiving French soccer player Kylian Mbappe on the field while a male participant was seen getting shoved away by Croatia's Dejan Lovren.

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Croatia's Dejan Lovren shoves a man who invaded the field during the World Cup final's second half.

One way or another, all of the participants were seen being forcibly carried off the field by guards.

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Security guards detain a field invader during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium.

The people were believed to be wearing mock police uniforms, the Evening Standard reported.

A post on the organization's Facebook page summarized the interruption as "Policeman enters the Game." The post listed a number of demands, including the release of political prisoners, the end of illegal arrests, and allowing fair political competition in Russia.

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A woman high-five's Kylian Mbappe of France after running onto the field.