posted on Aug, 17 2012 @ 01:43 PM
I've been following this story all day, I came to ATS and couldn't find anything about it, even though every news network across Europe is
discussing it, and the US government has a released a statement expressing support for freedom of opinion and political expression - which in itself
is pretty hypocritical! lol
Russia is not a free country. It's corrupt to the core. Freedom of opinion only exists for those who support Putin, if you're critical you can face
years in prison.
Just to clarify what's happened here... they performed an impromptu performance inside of Moscow's largest church, with a song that was NOT
anti-religious, calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. The idea that this was religiously motivated is a farce.
This happened back in March (I believe), and they have been in detention since. They were charged with hooliganism, something that routinely receives
a sentence of 15 days.
Make no mistake about it, this is a politically driven attack on freedom of expression and political opinion. And Putin is a freakin idiot for taking
it this far. He's made martyr's out of them, encouraged hundreds of thousands more to stand up against him.
The protests against him before are barely over, and many were expecting to see it escalating. He has done it for them. They barely need to organize
now, people will be flocking to protests all over Russia. The question is how will the authorities deal with that, and what will their reaction
I say it every time something like this happens. Protest leads to state response, the violence of that response dictates whether it becomes a
I fully expect to see more national protests springing up in Russia thanks to Putin's insane thirst for control.