Pussy Riot Behind Bars

Throughout the 1970’s and into the 1980’s the United States used a unique form of warfare agains the Soviet Union. The United States still does this today with Iran but with a little less taste and more as an attempt to enrage them. I’m not sure where I stand on the social attacks towards Iran but with the Soviets I found it to be quite effective and enlightening. I of course am referring to using the images of a “free” Western civilization to encourage and educate the oppressed. We did it with disco, we did it with punk rock and the kids loved it.

Now a few decades later I among many others find myself flabbergasted and appalled by the recent civil rights attack from the Russian judicial system agains the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. In Vice magazine there was a very good interview with the members about what took place. Please click here for the full interview.

Now today August 17th 2012 in Russia three members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for the charges of “hooliganism” motivated by “religious hatred.” Many organizations protested hard against their unfair arrest and now unfair punishment to little avail.

What does this say about the world today? Religious institutions unseparated from the government (a big reason for the American Revolution) are dangerous. I don’t wish to sidetrack into dealings with Iran here but fortunately Russia isn’t as bad off, yet. We can only hope that by not backing down with our protests that they will release the members of the band. The fear is that there doesn’t seem to be as much support coming from the conservative orthodox Russian citizens.

This is one more reason to not trust governments and wish for their complete demise.

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