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Russian police hassle Pussy Riot play director

- Associated Press - Monday, March 4, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) - A Swiss theater director says Russian immigration officials barged into a Moscow theater where he was re-enacting a play based on the trial of punk band Pussy Riot in order to check his documents.

Milo Rau said the officials interrupted the play on Sunday but the raid quickly petered out when it turned out his visa was in order. The warrant they used also had a wrong address on it, Rau said.

"It was more Kafka than Stalin," Rau said Monday

Rau was directing a three-day reenactment of trials against Russian artists, including Pussy Riot who staged an impromptu anti-Putin protest in Moscow's main cathedral last year.

Three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism," and one of them was later released on appeal.

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