Pussy Riot: Putin v punk

An editorial in The Guardian writes that the Pussy Riot trial will not be the last. Criminal prosecutions will become the weapon of choice against political activists like the anti-corruption blogger, Alexei Navalny, journalists who face stiffer penalties for libel, websites, or foreign-funded NGOs. It need not be this way. President Vladimir Putin could call early parliamentary elections, because it was the rigged Duma elections last year that triggered the current crisis. He could let a popularly elected prime minister run the country. He could retreat from the political frontline, and still fashion a role for himself as father of the nation. To continue as he is doing, spells disaster.

Friday, August 17, 2012