Since I heard Michael McFaul speak locally recently and wrote about him or that, I am re-posting something I wrote about culture and Russia during the 2012 campaign, on my “Swayambh-PA” blog; the title of the blog referenced a concept my Anish Kapoor about natural growth.
The United States is concerned about both the verdict and the disproportionate sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the case against the members of the band Pussy Riot and the negative impact on freedom of expression in Russia.
We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld.
This is a direct quote from Victoria Nuland at the U.S. State Department, as announced today, and then cited by ambassador Michael McFaul on his social media device.
Pussy Riot is a group of young female artists and activists, recently sentenced to two years in prison. They were deemed to offend Orthodox followers because they staged a musical protest February 21 inside of an important cathedral. Many believe that the harsh punishment is part of a larger and more…
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