I don’t share their point of view and I’m not aesthetically close to what they do, and maybe they deserve some administrative punishment, but that they’re in jail is totally illegal. And we have to fight against this situation and create social pressure – if we do nothing then any of us can find ourselves in this situation. It’s very dangerous.
Russian actor and director Olga Darfi on the imprisonment without due process of Russian punk band Pussy Riot nearly four months ago for an unauthorized performance in an Orthodox church
(Source: The Guardian)
Yet the question needs to be asked: just how exceptional is a country that simultaneously launched two major wars of choice against pipsqueak opponents, spent over a trillon dollars on the effort, and actually managed to lose both of them? Or a country that operates its own offshore Gulag where it holds people for more than a decade without trial? Or a country which routinely tortures and abuses prisoners of war? Or a country which secretly arranges for kidnappings and deportations to foreign torture chambers? Or a country that sanctions assassinations against even its own citizens? Or a country which allows the banking criminals who crashed its economy to walk away scott free with hunderds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bonuses in their pockets? Or a country in which 50 million people are at risk of dying from even relatively minor medical ailments because they cannot afford to go see a doctor? Or a country that makes filthy rich mega-stars out of the likes of Brittany Spears, Kim Kardashian, Snooki, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Adam Sandler, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry? Or a country in which less than one-third of its young adults even know what year it declared its independence?