The group claimed responsibility via Twitter and said the protest was a message to free political prisoners. The group managed to evade the numerous stewards on the sidelines to get onto the pitch, where one made it to midfield and high-fived France forward Kylian Mbappe.
Another protester was detained by Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, who pushed a male protester until a steward arrived.
“Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,” the group said on Twitter , and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to “illegal arrests” of protesters and to “allow political competition” in Russia.
Pussy Riot had two members imprisoned for two years for prior protests in Russia. The group has since become something of an international symbol of punk anarchy.