News of the Day: Russia Today Anchor Abby Martin Speaks Out Against Invasion of Crimea

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Russia Today gave a statement to HuffPost UK:

"Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air. This is the case with Abby's commentary on the Ukraine.

"We respect her views, and the views of all our journalists, presenters and program hosts, and there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin.

"In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea. As such we'll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story."

Viral Video of the Day: Pussy Riot's New Song and Video "Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland" Features Their Whipping and Why Russia Should Be Free From Putin

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Warning: Both this video and the one linked below are very graphic.

A video released Wednesday showed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot being beaten by Cossack militia in Sochi as they tried to film a music video at the port of the city that is hosting the Winter Olympics. Parts of that video has been used to release this new song.