Shame On Russia
Three of the members of Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot have been found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years of labor in a corrective institution, with credit for five months time already served. Judge Marina Syrova called their offence a “serious crime.” “It is simply idiocy,” said a Russian writer of the verdict, while E.U. and U.S. diplomats have offered a more restrained criticism of the sentence as being apparently disproportionate to the crime. In my opinion, that’s an understatement.