Free Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot (Igor Mukhin)

Pussy Riot is the name of a Russian feminist punk band. They picked the wrong country for feminist punk banditry.

On February 21, they performed a ditty called “Mother of God, Chase Putin Out.” In a mostly empty Moscow church. The whole thing lasted less than a minute. For this, three of them – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich – were charged with “hooliganism” and thrown in jail, where they still remain. Their trial has now concluded, and they await sentences. Prosecutors, showing “leniency,” are seeking “only” three years, not the seven year maximum.

Being a prisoner, and an opponent of Putin’s gangster regime, can be a deadly combination. Sergei Magnitsky, a young lawyer, who uncovered evidence of a massive fraud by government officials, was ordered to jail by those same officials. He died there. “Natural causes” – naturally.

Magnitsky

Of course, Magnitsky was into serious stuff. The regime couldn’t feel seriously threatened by the likes of Pussy Riot. But that’s just the point it’s making with this ferocious prosecution — no impertinance against it, howsoever feeble, will be tolerated. This is police state maximalism.

And persecuting Pussy Riot gives the regime a twofer. Not only intimidating opposition, but painting themselves as guardians of public decency by keeping down these louche traducers of conventionality.

I previously wrote of the Putin gang’s legal persecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. And now they have started a prosecution against Alexei Navalny, the blogger who was so prominent in the recent anti-Putin demonstrations. They’ve charged him with stealing lumber, of all things. Funny how the justice system is so assiduous in finding and punishing (cooked-up) wrongdoing by regime nuisances, but never notices the monstrous criminality of its own gangsters.

Rule of law is a key principle of the modern humanistic world. That makes it especially sickening when regimes like Russia’s (and China’s) pervert it by wrapping themselves in thoroughly phony legalism as a tool for crushing opposition. These are quintessentially lawless regimes.

The Pussy Riot gals must have known what they were in for. They are heroes in the great tradition of courageous dissent and civil disobedience against evil. By bringing the regime’s beastliness down upon themselves, they are focusing a merciless spotlight on that beastliness. According to The Economist, the husband of one Pussy Rioter says she “understands what she is suffering for.” And at the trial’s end, each of them made a statement unblinkingly describing the regime’s disgracefulness – and each was, according to reports, loudly applauded.

Putin the Killer

May Pussy Riot be free – and Russia’s greatest criminal, Vladimir Putin, wind up in the prison cell where he put them.

UPDATE 8/17 — The 3 women have been sentenced to 2 years each in a labor camp.

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4 Responses to “Free Pussy Riot”

  1. Adam Says:

    I believe all of us can agree that Pussy Riot should be freed – however, they are rather tasteless.

    [FSR comment: De gustibus non est disputandum.]

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