The move is supposedly retaliation for a U.S. law that Russia didn’t like, but it seems like the only people it will hurt are the Russian orphans that will now be denied a better home.
Russian punk band Pussy Riot is being considered for TIME Persons of the Year. But focus on the band hides many far worse acts of state oppression committed recently in Putin's Russia.
Make no mistake: Wednesday's ruling was not victory for free speech. It was a win for a solitary member of Pussy Riot, as well as Putin’s laughable brand of “morality.”
The introduction of the YARS missile and the beginning of hypersonic weapon development signal a change for Russian strategic posture.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Vladimir Putin!
Unless Pussy Riot was incredibly naïve – and it’s difficult to believe that they were – the band has knowingly energized the movement against Russian anti-free speech measures.
The arrest and conviction of Russian feminist punk bad Pussy Riot is due to larger issues surrounding the separation of church and state under Putin.
The Russian Akula submarine found roving the Gulf of Mexico is not surprising. It can be explained if put in the context of Russia's traditional foreign policy style.