Putin to pardon Pussy Riot for Christmas

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Pussy Riot members in courtAmnesty for two members of the female rock group whose only “crime was to protest Russian Orthodox Church support for the dictator, but like a pardon, allows them to follow up their last video (see and hear below), but first…

Imagine if Bill Clinton had been President of the United States for Life like Vladimir Putin of Russia. He could have pardoned Puerto Rican terrorists and Marc Rich’s every year instead of just on his way out of office.

But at least Putin is freeing some political prisoners guilty only of free speech and rivals, even if one is an oligarch:

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia’s formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.

The move, along with an amnesty for the two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band and the 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship, appears designed to assuage international criticism of Russia’s rights record ahead of February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin’s pet project.

Putin waited until just after his tightly choreographed annual news conference to make the announcement, dropping the biggest news of the day after journalists had already peppered him with questions, including one about Khodorkovsky’s fate, in a four-hour marathon.

Wonder if the liberals favorite dictators in Cuba named Castro would consider Christmas amnesties for their political prisoners that have dared to criticize their brutal regime of poverty for most amid Island paradise luxury for the few? Not holding breath.

Putin also pronounced NSA leaker and traitor from the United States, Edward Snowden who fled to Russia, as “noble”. Those classified top secret documents that put American intelligence operatives at risk that he revealed to the Russian president must be pure gold.

Pussy Riot rocks:

G. Sand Lapper

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