No Good News – Pussy Riot!

Say what you want about Peter Worthington (ie., “He’s a real nazi”, or “That guy must be 200 years old”), you have to admit, he knows his audience:

Anyone interested in just how much Russia has changed since the days when it was the Soviet Union should examine what’s called the “Pussy Riot” case.

Because Pussy Riot isn’t in the news. Putting aside how funny it is to imagine Worthington first reading the phrase “Pussy Riot”- and it’s funny, believe me- what does he mean by “anyone interested in just how much Russia has changed since the days when it was the Soviet Union”?

What neither Putin nor prosecutors mention is that the three “Pussy Rioters” were staging a political protest, not a religious protest. The state is trying to make it a hate crime against the church. While many in Russia protest the persecution of the women, the great majority are offended at the heresy of them interrupting a church service.

That in itself is a change in Russia, which has abandoned state atheism and is now more or less devoutly orthodox. Churches that under Sovietism were museums of atheism are now booming with parishioners.

The defence lawyer for Pussy Riot, Nikolai Polozov, is on record saying Putin’s appeal for leniency is motivated by business deals with the West and international protests. Russia doesn’t need the aggravation.

Polozov also made the astonishing statement: “Even in the Soviet era, in Stalin’s time, the courts were more just.”

That is an astonishing statement. Stalin, while known for many things, was not known for being “just”. Also, I’d like to point out that there’s a big chunk of the Soviet era that wasn’t “Stalin’s time”. Let’s call it 1953-1991, just to be smart alecky.

An editorial about Pussy Riot is a weird time to wax nostalgic about the good old days, but that’s exactly what Worthington does. There hasn’t been a good spy movie in decades, that’s because of Russia. Actual spying hasn’t been great, either, and that’s definitely because of Russia. And my generation doesn’t have an equivalent dad book to Len Deighton, and that is 100% because of Russia. Maybe Putin will change that.

Worthington looks back on the golden days of the Soviet era to set us straight about this Pussy Riot business:

In Stalin’s time, or even in the fading days of Sovietism, there’d be no publicity, no public trial, no knowledge even of the girls staging a political protest inside a cathedral. They’d just disappear.

Wait, is Worthington telling us Pussy Riot don’t know how lucky they are?

The Pussy Riot girls likely have no appreciation of how lucky they are.

Here, I thought we were just enjoying a walk down Cold War memory lane, and Worthington puts it into today’s context. How dare he?

If you want to see more, Google “amanpour and pussy riot,” and wonder what would be the reaction in one of our churches if face-masked costumed dancers interrupted the service and charged to the altar as the Pussy Rioters did in Moscow.

The answer to that question is that Ezra Levant would be writing an editorial about gun laws.

 

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