Putin is a thug, well on his way to being an imperial Czar, and even as Russia goes down the toiler demographically speaking, his tyranny increases;
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. Judge Marina Syrova convicted the women of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had “crudely undermined social order”. The women say the protest, in February, was directed at the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s support for Mr Putin. The US, UK and EU all criticised the sentences as “disproportionate”.
On the up side, I hear Paul McCartney is on his way back to the old USSR to perform a Hey Jude-athon until Pussy Riot are released. The only reason for these women to be behind bars is that dreadful music they performed. But on that basis, I would also imprison many modern pop stars.