Murder Blamed on Pussy Riot
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  • Kenny
  • Cunctator

    I think the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church should be more concerned about saving souls than about scoring political points. Of course, that is very unlikely as the Patriarch is reputed to be a partner in a very successful business venture with the Russian president.

  • Luke Lea

    “when a psychopath in Kazan murdered two women and scrawled “Free Pussy Riot” on the wall above his victims’ bodies.”

    Sound like the mark of the KGB.

  • bob sykes

    So, the authoritarian Putin and his allies in the clergy exploit a demented man’s crime, no surprise.

    But that does not change the fact (as in fact, not opinion) that Pussy Riot vandalized and desecrated a church. They would have been arrested and punished in every country on earth, no exceptions. And they plainly deserved some sort of punishment, although what they got seems extreme.

    The Western pseudo-intellegentia overlook Pussy Riot’s crime and guilt solely because of its own anti-church bigotry. The pseudo-intellegentia are a truly hateful bunch.

  • Steve M

    Perhaps a politically active church is capable of saving more souls, more efficiently, than one that is sidelined by the corrupt secular sections of society.

  • Jim.

    If Russian (or international) liberals want to criticize the Putin regime’s connections to the Orthodox Church, what they really need is someone whose piety is beyond reproach to lead the reforms.

    How in the world did they imagine that taking on PR as a symbol of their cause would do anything other than polarize the issue and drive a wedge between themselves and the faithful who may want Putin out?

    If they’re really that upset about Putin’s ties with the Church, (and if you believe the link that Kenny posted, that may have actually been an afterthought) they’ve made about the dumbest political-strategic move possible.

  • Charles R. Williams

    Pussy Riot did indeed commit an act of vandalism against the Orthodox Church. They played into the hand of Putin and Putin exploited their crime but nothing changes the fact that they committed a serious crime and received a just sentence.

  • Jim.

    On the subject of jujitsu… I don’t think that’s applicable.

    Russian leaders tend to use blunt instruments of policy. When all you’ve got is a hammer, you’re limited in the problems you can solve, and how. Putin was lucky this time — this problem was a nail, and he brought the hammer down.

    That’s hardly strategy. More like an unforced error on the part of his opponents.

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