"This is NOT America here! Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland!", yelled the uniformed Cossack thugs as they beat and whipped various members of that strange group known as Pussy Riot in the streets of Sochi. No shit, Sherlock!!!
On one hand, I gotta hand it to those post-Commie cunts for having the sheer BALLS (irony of ironies) to confront their society in a way they see fit. Also, that has to be the best band name I can think of in recent memory, although it's hard to describe the anti-Bolshevik bitches as a band; performance artists would be a better term for them. Although their stunts are pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things, they nonetheless are mercilessly beaten, jailed, and generally harassed by the authorities. Being a former punk rocker myself (and still am in many ways), I can certainly relate to cops wanting to beat you because you're trying to be FREE and live in a FREE COUNTRY.
However, the more I read about them, the more I thought about where do you draw the line? It all started a couple of years ago, when those seemingly lawless labias performed one of their "shows" in a Moscow church, which got them an all-expenses paid trip to one of Moscow's grim pokeys; judging from the carnage and destruction, they clearly went too far:
Little-known fact: The Russian Orthodox Church survived for decades under harsh and seemingly atheistic Communism by essentially acting as a network of informers for the government, so it makes perfect sense that someone like Putin would be so close to them, and vice-versa. It seems that times haven't changed, and Russia is still Russia. Eastern Europe seems to be the last bastion of dickheaded macho-hood left in the world, so I'll continue to watch and enjoy the fun.
I thought that Putin handled the situation adroitly:
As Putin pointed out, when someone's protest activities, or any other ones for that matter, start to infringe on the rights and freedoms of others, that's where the line is drawn. Before the church incident, Pussy Riot hosted a "dick riot" in the form of a very, very public group sex session in a museum. That was one of many, many stunts they pulled with impunity before they finally were arrested for their church "gig".
Anyway, the comment "This is NOT America here!" reminded me of countless occasions when someone's rights here are violated or perceived as being violated; "This is NOT Russia!" The way things are going, a supremely ironic and tragic black comedy is being played out on a grand scale. The United States will become the equivalent of the USSR, and Russia will take the place of the U.S. as being the defender of the free world. So far they're becoming neck and neck, as the U.S. becomes more and more of a repressive police state.