For those of you following my earlier posts mentioning the girl-band “Pussy Riot,” the Russian government has made it clear they’re not kidding around: the girls went on trial today facing a maximum sentence of 7 years.
Three women arrested in March over the incident face up to seven years in a prison colony after being charged with hooliganism and have already spent four months awaiting trial behind bars.
Their case has been taken up by celebrities including pop star Sting and US rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
By acting with the utmost harshness, the authorities have turned the obscure group into a household name in a case that, according to some observers, risks becoming a publicity disaster for both Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.
In a world of “color revolutions,” the Putin regime is showing it’s true color: