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Russian PM calls for the release of Pussy Riot

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  1. Chris Bryant got it absolutely right when he referred to Putin’s Russia as a “regressive, oppressive kleptocracy”.

    It is a backward and chauvenistic country with an appalling record on LGBT rights.

    Now Putin and Medvedev predictably want to score points by calling for Pussy Riot’s release.

    It is just a question of time: Russia’s “Arab Spring” will come one day. And when it does, hopefully Putin will face trial.

    1. Spanner1960 14 Sep 2012, 3:29pm

      I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one.
      The oligarchs are far too firmly entrenched to walk away from such power.

    2. ‘arab spring’, that pseudo democratic exercise that gave political credibility to religious nutters and made lives of lgbt people in those countries much worse

      1. kane

        I fear you are right about that.

        An alternative expression to “Arab Spring” needed.

  2. Pussy Riot staged a political protest against the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin. The fact that it took place on church property is neither here nor there. We should regard the women as political prisoners – not hooligans. Putin makes the point that Russians should support and protect the ROC from harm because it was severely repressed under Stalin. Another history lesson for Putin puts the ROC in full support of the Tsarist regimes that oppressed the people and kept the country in a backward state of feudal slavery for centuries while the rest of Europe progressed.

    1. An interesting fact is that Stalin went to a Georgian Orthodox seminary and that during ww2 stalin himself chose the church leader so they would support his regime.The orthodox church was filled with KGB agents who spied all churchgoers so as you see the ROC has a tradition with serving ALL russian regimes blindly

  3. Cardinal Capone 14 Sep 2012, 5:24pm

    It’s a shame that Medvedev didn’t have enough power when he was president to prevent Putin’s comeback as President for a previously illegal third term.

    It was clear from Putin’s tone what might have happened to him if he had tried to prevent it. He said ” those who try to push us aside will regret it” was said angrily in a different context at the time, but I think it was clear what he was really talking about.

    But neither of them want martyrs in jail, so obviously they will be released on appeal.

  4. Just like everyone else in Russian politics and religion that has called for PR’s release only after they were sentenced to prison. He doesn’t actually mean it, and is only saying this to calm the frustration of Russian citizens.

  5. I’m running “Drag race” in Soho on Sunday dedicated to Pussy Riot. Come and support us. Queer Power.

  6. last thing pussy riot would want is a political charity from putin’s puppet

  7. Clearly, Russia still has a long way to go to accepting LGBT issues.

    Send all these officials to San Francisco or Brighton for a month and perhaps they’ll soon start to change their thought process.

  8. Glad to be Canadian 15 Sep 2012, 1:43am

    They are digging a grave for him in Siberia as we speak…

  9. Idiocy, the wiki does not even have detailed descriptions of past actions pussy. such as a
    video on the street they were engaged in public sex, or frozen chicken shoved her vagina,
    they are not saints. the hype is nothing but a provocation, I believe, paid for by
    corporations who wish to convince the community at the beginning of the “Arab Spring”,
    it’s all done for the outflow of capital, monopolization of natural gas prices and more.

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