Friday, December 27, 2013

Pussy Riot are incredibly brave to take on Putin!

Only hours after being released from their cruel prison term, Pussy Riot have shown that they are prepared to risk everything in order to take a stand against Putin. It seems that they are not just a group of young ;people, seeking publicity for themselves and their 'musical careers.' Indeed Pussy Riot are now defunct as a group, transferring their energies to the fight for a better and more transparent political system. There can be no doubt that they are going to cause discomfort to Putin and his cynical treatment of those who oppose him. Now that 'world media' is strongly focussed on the actions of the Pussy Riot women, Putin is going to find ways to silence them. I am pretty sure that he will do all in his power to keep them away from the site of the upcoming Winter Olympics because that must be a 'target' for them.
Putin of course does not inhabit that space where leaders will do almost anything in order to maintain their hold on power, but that he tries to portray himself as some sort of Macho Russian Father, with only the best interests of his country at heart simply falls on very barren ground for those of us trying to understand what is going on in modern Russia.
Any real opposition to him, always seems to be sidelined or disappear when the calls for change become uncomfortable for him. He is simply following in the footsteps of countless Russian leaders from the past by acting in the way he does. Who will stand up to him? Well, it will need to be people and groups who are prepared to pay the maximum price---the loss of their freedom and a curtailment of the pathways we take for granted in those nations that actually have right to oppose in a reasonable manner. We must take the example of our Russian friends as a reminder that that right is one that must be defended. Go well, Pussy Riot. The world is watching! I wouldn't have a clue what your music sounded like, but the messages you convey are coming across loud and strong.
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