Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot. Great name, great stunt. But not in a country without any sense of humor. Not in a country where a big majority still believes in national values and is disgusted by the West synbolized by punk, drugs, AIDS and same sex marriage. NJET. What will the price be for a little teasing of the authorities? We will know today, when a judge in Russia will decide on the fate of the three female & feminist members of the punk band. All over the world people have shown their solidarity with the girls, in prison for weeks now, but still smiling. The mayor of Reykjavik put on a pink hood and publicly asked for their liberation. President Putin’s tactics to isolate critical voices seems to have totally failed. Putin III is as bad as Putin I: the world is looking at modern dicatorship in its most stupid and blatant form. And what is The Netherlands doing? Nothing. Russia is obviously too big and too important for the Dutch to risk a confrontation. Or are the public voices vacationing on a beach in Ibiza?
Holland is always present when it comes to criticizing smaller or less important nations who in their eyes fail in their democratic attitude, especially in Africa. But it is not consistent when the delivery of natural resources (Gazprom) and investements are at risk. On September 12th (national Dutch elections) I would have voted for the party that had backed the Pussy’s. Now I will just buy Russian punk music.

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