Oh, what's in a name? Pussy Riot conjures up all sorts of things, almost none of them bad. Oh, if a person tends to be prudish, ok, then pussy is a word hard to handle. Prudish... to each his own!
Pussy Riot is a Russian punk-rock band, now famous for its rendition of the Christ the Savior Putin protest dittie. Now in jail for hooliganism, the trio of young women face possible imprisonment for up to seven years. Seven years!
|Members of Pussy Riot,|
Yekaterina Samutsevich (left),
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center), and Maria Alyokhina
In a place intolerant of protest and public free speech, seven years is nothing. Start with execution as an alternative and seven years are a walk in the park. New and previously former President Putin will be defined by the ultimate handling of Pussy Riot. There is no chance of a walk out. Imagine if that were to happen... hooliganism will run rampant. On the other hand, a seemingly severe sentence will set back the kindler, gentle Russia back 40 years. What to do?
As with most things, moderation wins the day. From a global perspective, it would be far better to give the ladies a sentence for time incarcerated plus a fine of say... valued at $500 USD each. Critics of the present regime would be silenced. Respect would groundswell. Mr Putin becomes a gracious winner. Indeed, Mr. Putin is so powerful that Pussy Riot's protestations, especially without a rallying cruelty play, will fall on disinterested, bored ears. An egregious sentence will become a flashpoint, not soon to be forgotten. Pussy Riot's riot... umm, now there's a catchy double!
Today, the trial kicked off with pleas of innocence to hooliganism and religious disrespect. Speaking from a metal and plexiglass court cage, the accused declared themselves not guilty. The cage is a nice touch... Most people here in the States don't know much about Pussy Riot. Why should they? With Romney and PObama going at it here and there, with unemployment at a lied 8% and a valueless Congress; about the only thing the Yanks want to do with pussy is eat it. Eat the Pussy!!! Skip the riot.