Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Disorder in Russia - Pussy Riot, Kasparov Jailed!

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Pussy Riot - Band or Propaganda Ploy?
by Marcos
(henrymakow.com)
August 21, 2012
Left, Notice the Marxist clinched fist and the motto "no pasarán"on T-shirt, made famous by the Spanish Communist Party and the Sandinistas of Nicaragua.
Pussy Riot is not a rock band. They have never recorded a CD, never played in a show. They are part of a Rothschild program to destabilize Russia, ironically using Communist tactics.
It is not something we see everyday: the entire western media, pop stars like Sting, Madonna and Macartney running amok over an obscure Russian punk girlie band. The left wing newspaper Guardian in London screams "It is worse than the Soviet era", and is echoed by one of the bastions of neocons in America, Freedom House, through its director Susan Corke.
The group is called Pussy Riot, and they were arrested for hooliganism and desecration of the Moscow Cathedral, singing blasphemous verses, and attacking president Putin. Last week, they have been sentenced to two years in jail. They were not condemned for their political views, which they have freely expressed many times before.
Pussy Riot is not a band They have never recorded a CD, never played in a show. In fact, they are a radical communist group, that loves Karl Marx and performs in honor of Che Guevara's birthday. They are a branch of the extremist group "Voina", (the word means war), that is known for many disgusting and even dangerous agit-prop actions since 2002. Here is an article describing their obscene stunts: http://plucer.livejournal.com/266853.html Now there is strong evidence that they have been supported by agencies from the western elite: http://www.deliberation.info/pussy-riot-connections-to-soros/
It is interesting to notice that most countries have similar laws against attacks on religion, including England, where the penalty is even more severe, the US and even Brazil, where the action can result in one year of jail time.
Global Campaign Against Morality and Religion
Pussy Riot now joins the bare-breasted Ukranian Femen group, the "March of the Sluts" groups and the Gay Parades that have been in the news lately. Always well funded, their agenda is extreme feminism, cultural marxism and the destruction of all traditional relgious and family values. The use of "frontmen", agents provocateurs who end up as "victims" after intentional confrontation is an old tactic of Cultural Marxists.
Russia is now a special target since the country has turned to more nationalist, conservative ways. Recently, Russia has forbidden gay parades for 100 years, and Saint Petersburg does not allow propaganda that may expose children to the gay lifestyle. They also regulated and controlled foreign-funded NGOs, thus cutting the arms of foreign influence in Russia.
The proof that the global media doesn't care about freedom of expression is that, almost at the same time, Julian Assange from Wikileaks fame was thrown to the dogs. There was even talk about Britain invading the Ecuador embassy in order to arrest him. Madonna surely didn't utter a word to support him.
Putin, the Riddle
Putin inherited a country in ruins. Russia had life expectancy levels comparable to some poor African countries. Once known as a source of Nobel Prizes, now Russia ranks behind Turkey in educational tests and produces less than 1.7% of all published scientific research in the world.
The demographic situation of the country is abysmal. Russia is the largest country in area in the world but its population is declining by the day. Considering that Russia ranks first in natural gas reserves with 643 trillion cubic feet, we see that Russia is like a wounded bear, ready for the hyenas to attack.
It is common knowledge that Gorbatchev intended to deliver Soviet Union into the hands of the new world order elite. A New Ager himself, he put almost all riches of the country in pockets of Masonic bankers and oligarchs who were front men to Rothschild interests.
However, they underestimated the strength of the KGB and the star of Putin. Gorbachev could move to San Francisco, but the KGB officials wanted to keep their power.
Marxist Russia was, after all, more Russian than Marxist. Even in Stalinist times, Russians always wanted their country to be the leader of the Communist world. They built a state bureaucracy so strong that it resisted the end of materialist Marxism. Putin (and his mentor Aleksandr Dugin) still believe in the promise of an Eurasian empire led by Russia, Marxist or not.
Gorbatchev must have realized that Russia was at a crossroad and strong action was needed to save the country from more plunder and the destruction of the government bureaucracy (KGB) privileges. He confronted the oligarchs and send many to jail. He allied himself with the Orthodox Church and the patriotic spirit of the people, and that's why he is loved by so many Russians.
Russia is now more concerned with its power as a nation and its state bureaucracy than championing Marxism. Materialist Marxism has passed its expiry date and now Cultural Marxism has been adopted by the western new world order elite. It is the way they control societies.
Finally, let's remember that Russia is no angel. Putin is indeed an authoritarian leader and KGB is still active in several countries. Its profile is fascist. It is very ironic that Cultural Marxism is being used to attack Russia, the same tool that it used successfully for decades against the West.
Conclusion
The western satanic elite is using NGOs to destabilize countries which are resisting their new world order and undermine any values that empower the individual, such as family, patriotism and religion.
In typical School of Frankfurt strategy, it works with opinion leaders, the media, show business and education. They make it look like the desired change had grassroots origins. In integrated countries, it mostly uses political correctness and eco-nazism (Greenpeace, WWF).
The so-called Arab spring was without a doubt the most successful application of this strategy so far. Small groups funded by the elite, many times through George Soros and his many organizations, spread dissent in society (agitprop Marxist tactics). In the Islamic countries, this resulted in the coming to power of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Masonic organization which works for the NWO. Now the elite is trying the same strategy with Russia.
It seems there is resistance to the western-based New World Order in Russia and perhaps China. These countries have been in and out of control, but their patriotism and isolationism make them special cases.
Geopolitics is still relevant. Unfortunately, both have maintained some sovereignty from the western NWO only through authoritarian (and in the Chinese case, murderous) regimes.
If Russia, through Putin, has indeed deviated the western New World Order, we can be sure that conflict can only escalate in the future. *******
Russia's "Pussy Riot" Stunt Supported by US State Department
by Tony Cartalucci
Global Research, August 18, 2012
landdestroyer.blogspot.com - 2012-08-17
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32395
America's troupe of "activists" continue attempts to divide and undermine Russian society.
When the US is overtly backing the terrorist invasion of Syria, seeing to the death, displacement, and disruption of millions of lives abroad, while hosting a mass murdering fugitive dictator at home, what then is it to back an act of hooliganism in a Russian church targeting a geopolitical rival?
The US State Department-backed so-called "punk band" going by the name of "Pussy Riot," stormed into a Moscow church, defaming the Russian government while mocking the beliefs of churchgoers with vulgarity and disruptive behavior. Marketed as an act of "freedom of expression" by the Western media and the West's collection of foreign ministries, it was in reality what would be called both a hate-crime and disorderly conduct in the West. Furthermore, in the West, such an act would come with it steep fines and lengthy jail sentences.
In fact, similar cases have played out in the West - minus the feigned indignation over the perceived violation of free speech of alleged bigots, racists, and hooligans that have preceded "Pussy Riot." In many cases, the West has actively pursued not only people harassing others and creating public disturbances, but also those distributing material to like minded people who's beliefs are simply perceived as "socially harmful."
The West Has Jailed Many For Similar or Lesser Offenses
3 Years in Jail for Revising History: In 2006, the BBC reported, "British historian David Irving has been found guilty in Vienna of denying the Holocaust of European Jewry and sentenced to three years in prison." The BBC also reported, "the judge in his 2000 libel trial declared him "an active Holocaust denier... anti-Semitic and racist."" Irving's beliefs, as unpopular as they may be, were expressed in his writings and speeches, not in the middle of a synagogue he had burst into.
4 Years and 2 Years in Jail for Operating "Racist" Website: For the crime of operating a US-based "racist" website and possessing with intent to distribute "racist material," two British men, Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were sentenced to 4 years and 2 years respectively in the UK in 2009. The presiding judge, according to the BBC, "told the men their material was "abusive and insulting" and had the potential to cause "grave social harm."" Unlike Pussy Riot, however, these 2 men only crammed their leaflets into the door of a synagogue - instead of bursting in. Still they received 3-4 years in prison.
5 Years in Jail for Disagreeing With Mainstream History: Also in 2009, a man was jailed for 5 years for "propagating Nazi ideas and Holocaust denial" in Austria, Reuters reported. Gerd Honsik apparently wrote books and magazines which he attempted to distribute in schools, though it was the content of the material, not the manner in which he tried to distribute it that earned him his lengthy jail sentence. Unpopular though his ideas may be, according to the latest tirade by the West, he not only should've been allowed to proclaim them publicly, but do so in a place of worship amongst those he despised.
3 Years in Jail for Harassing a Jewish Man and Public Hate Speech: In 2011, an Australian man posted an "anti-Semitic" video on YouTube earning him a 3 year jail sentence. The video apparently showed the convicted man insulting a Jewish man before going on a tirade "in front of the Perth Bell Tower," reported ABC of Australia. Clearly insulting someone in Australia and creating a public disturbance is a punishable crime, yet somehow the Australian government sees insulting churchgoers in Russia as "freedom of expression." Equally as clear, is that hypocrisy and selective principles are being liberally exercised.
Detainment for "Hateful" Public Disturbance: This year, the British Daily Mail reported in their article, "Elmo in cuffs: Man dressed as Sesame Street character is carried away in Central Park after anti-Semitic rant in front of kids," that "the appearance of a hate-spewing man dressed up as Elmo was a jarring one for many New Yorkers who visited Central Park on Sunday afternoon." The article elaborated by saying that though the man was put in handcuffs and taken away, he was not arrested. While no arrest or sentence was handed down, the story clearly indicates that there is a line drawn as to what is "freedom of speech" and what is "disturbing the peace" in the United States.
Arrested for Aggravating "religious and racial" Facebook Comments: For the crime of posting "anti-Semitic" remarks on Facebook, the BBC reported that "five men and a 15-year-old youth" were arrested in May, 2012. The BBC would elaborate by reporting, "the six people arrested were charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations."
Politically-Motivated Hypocrisy and Proxy Poseurs
Regardless of what one's beliefs may be on "freedom of expression" and what lines if any exist between responsible and irresponsible use of this freedom, one cannot ignore the astounding hypocrisy exhibited by the West - now wringing their hands in feigned disapproval over the jailing of "Pussy Riot" while their jails are full of "hate speech" perpetrators - many of whom did not even specifically target or disturb the subjects of their perceived scorn.
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Images: "Pussy Riot's" support campaign is spearheaded by Oksana Chelysheva of the US State Department-funded "Russian-Chechen Friendship Society," a clearing house for Chechen terrorist propaganda. Along with US State Department-subsidized Alexey Navalny and the West's media outlets on their side, the hooligan anti-establishment "punk rockers" now on trial in Moscow have a decidedly "establishment" backing.
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The real reason why the Western media outlets have been so keen on covering the "Pussy Riot" trial has nothing to do with "free speech."
The West, and more specifically, the corporate-financier interests of Wall Street and London, see Russia's current government as a barrier to not only the return to the unmitigated plundering of the Russian people they had enjoyed in the 1990's, but a check and balance inhibiting their hegemonic ambitions globally. The West has propped up with money and political support the opposition movement from which "Pussy Riot" has emanated.
This latest stunt was designed specifically to breath new life into the crumbling, overtly foreign-backed "opposition" that has been attempting to divide and undermine both Russia and the government of President Vladamir Putin, before, during, and after his return to the presidency. Instead, this latest stunt does little more than further expose the increasingly visible hypocrisy and injustice pervading all parts of Western society.
Finally, "Pussy Riot" are not punk rockers. They are US State Department-backed instruments of corporate-financier hegemony, used as leverage against a Russian government standing in the way of Wall Street and London's order of international corporatocracy. The punk culture, ironically represents the antithesis of such an international order - ironic indeed that so many have superficially defended "Pussy Riot" as targeted "punkers" when substantively they are "poseurs."
Tony Cartalucci is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
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Pussy Riot members laugh as judge delivers two-year prison sentences for Russian church protest
Timothy Heritage and Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters
Aug 17, 2012
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/08/17/pussy-riot-members-laugh-as-judge-delivers-two-year-prison-sentences-for-russian-church-protest/
MOSCOW — Three women from Russian punk band Pussy Riot laughed as they were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for their protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader’s “personal revenge.”
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Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova show the court's verdict as they sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia on Friday, Aug 17, 2012. A judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in a case that has drawn widespread international condemnation as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.
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The band’s supporters burst into chants of “Shame” outside the Moscow courthouse and said the case showed Putin’s refusal to tolerate dissent. The U.S. embassy in Moscow said the sentence appeared disproportionate to what the defendants did.
The women have support abroad, where their case has been taken up by a long list of celebrities including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Sting, but opinion polls show few Russians sympathize with them.
“The girls’ actions were sacrilegious, blasphemous and broke the church’s rules,” Judge Marina Syrova told the court as she spent three hours reading the verdict while the women stood watching in handcuffs inside a glass courtroom cage.
She declared all three guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had deliberately offended Russian Orthodox believers by storming the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral in February to belt out a song deriding Putin.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Marina Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, giggled as the judge read out the sentences one by one. They have already been in jail for about five months, meaning they will serve another 19.
They say they were protesting against Putin’s close ties with the church when they burst into Moscow’s golden-domed Christ the Saviour Cathedral wearing bright ski masks, tights and short skirts.

State prosecutors had requested a three-year jail term.
Putin’s opponents portray the trial as part of a wider crackdown by the former KGB spy to crush their protest movement.
“They are in jail because it is Putin’s personal revenge,” Alexei Navalny, one of the organisers of big protests against Putin during the winter, told reporters outside the court. “This verdict was written by Vladimir Putin.”
Putin’s spokesman did not immediately answer calls following the verdict, but the president’s allies said before the trial that the Kremlin would not have any influence on the outcome. The Russian Orthodox Church also did not comment.
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Amnesty International protestors demonstrate against the verdict of the Russian court against punk band Pussy Riot, outside the Russian embassy in Oslo, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

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Foreign Support
Foreign singers have campaigned for the trio’s release, and Washington says the case is politically motivated. Madonna performed in Moscow with “PUSSY RIOT” painted on her back.
“As in most politically motivated cases, this court is not in line with the law, common sense or mercy,” veteran human rights campaigner Lyudmila Alexeyeva said.
But Valentina Ivanova, 60, a retired doctor, said outside the courtroom: “What they did showed disrespect towards everything, and towards believers first of all.”
The judge said they had “committed an act of hooliganism, a gross violation of public order showing obvious disrespect for society.” She rejected their argument that they had no intention of offending Russian Orthodox believers.
The trio’s defence lawyers said they would appeal.
Many in Russia’s mainly Orthodox Christian society backed the authorities’ demands for severe punishment, though some have said the women deserved clemency.
Putin, who returned to the presidency for a third term in May after a four-year spell as prime minister, has said the women did “nothing good” but should not be judged too harshly.
Witnesses say at least 24 people were detained by police in scuffles or for unfurling banners or donning ski masks in support of Pussy Riot outside the courtroom. Among those detained were Sergei Udaltsov, a leftist opposition leader, and Garry Kasparov, the chess great and vehement Putin critic.
“Shame on [Russian Orthodox Patriarch] Kirill, shame on Putin,” Udaltsov said before he was detained.
“A disgraceful political reprisal is under way on the part of the authorities … If we swallow this injustice, they can come for any one of us tomorrow.”
The crowd of about 2,000 people outside the court was dominated by Pussy Riot supporters but also included some nationalists and religious believers demanding a tough sentence.
“Evil must be punished,” said Maria Butilno, 60, who held an icon and said Pussy Riot had insulted the faithful.
An opinion poll of Russians released by the independent Levada research group on Friday showed only 6% had sympathy with the women, 51% said they found nothing good about them or felt irritation or hostility, and the rest were unable to say or were indifferent.
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A father and his daughter, supporters of feminist punk band "Pussy Riot", wear the group's trademark coloured balaclava in St. Petersburg on August 17, 2012.
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Radical Protesters
Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich are educated, middle-class Russians who say their protest was not intended to offend believers.
The charges against Pussy Riot raised concern abroad about freedom of speech in Russia two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“Today’s sentence in the Pussy Riot case looks disproportionate to the actions,” the U.S. Embassy in Moscow wrote on its Twitter microblog in Russian.
Protests in support of the group were planned in cities from Sydney to Paris, and New York to London. A crowd of several hundred gathered in a New York hotel late on Thursday to hear actress Chloe Sevigny and others read from letters, lyrics and court statements by the detained women.
In the centre of Kiev, a bare-chested feminist activist took a chainsaw to a wooden cross bearing a figure of Christ, while in Bulgaria, sympathisers put Pussy Riot-style masks on statues at a Soviet Army monument.
“Huge damage has been done to the country’s image and attractiveness for investors,” former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin wrote in a message posted on his website.
Protest leaders say Putin will not relax pressure on opponents in his new six-year term. Parliament has already rushed through laws increasing fines for protesters, tightening controls on the Internet, and imposing stricter rules on defamation.
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Russian riot policemen detain a supporter of all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" near a court building in Moscow on Agust 17, 2012.
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Canadian twist in Pussy Riot case sparks call for Ottawa to intervene
Kathryn Blaze Carlson
Aug 17, 2012
The international case of the punk-rock group called Pussy Riot, whose members are being detained for an anti-Putin prank in Moscow, has all the trappings of a bizarre plot: a “punk prayer” calling on the Virgin Mary to save Russia from its president; criminal charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred; and a high-ranking Russian politician deriding popstar Madonna as a “moralizing” slut.
But Thursday the tale took another surprising twist with the possibility that one of the three feminist rockers is a permanent resident of Canada whose husband is reportedly Russian-Canadian. A Canadian blogger posted footage online of Russian authorities interrogating Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in which the 22-year-old denies being a permanent resident — despite being shown what looks like an official Permanent Resident Card in her name.
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According to a translation obtained by the National Post, Ms. Tolokonnikova said she visited Canada on a visitor’s visa, apparently in 2011, but that she had planned to stay in Russia and “fight.”
“I was in Canada and I have the right for this, but I have not received permanent residency,” she said in Russian.
About one minute into the five-minute video, though, authorities zoom in on what looks like a copy of an official Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada — in her name, and bearing what appears to be her photo.
Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration said it could not confirm or deny someone’s immigration status because of privacy reasons, and that “it is not possible for us to verify whether the card being shown in the video is legitimate.”
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Supporters of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot, including one holding a sign (L) in Russian that reads: "Freedom for Tolokonnikova," protest outside the Russian embassy on Friday in Berlin, Germany. Protests flared around the world after the guilty verdict.
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Spokeswoman Nancy Caron said in an email that in order to get a card, a person must be a permanent resident of Canada and must be physically in the country. To maintain the status, an immigrant has to live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period. The Permanent Resident Card that appears to be in Ms. Tolokonnikova’s name expires on April 5, 2016.
Her denial of official ties to Canada surfaces two weeks after a Washington Post report that her husband’s own Canadian passport was shown on local television and declared as evidence that he is working to tear Russia apart. Another news outlet, the Irish Examiner, recently reported that the man, named Pyotr Verzilov, went to high school in Canada; an activist music blog narrowed down his studies to Toronto.Ms. Tolokonnikova has been described by Russian prosecutors as the mastermind behind the February prank, in which she, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Pussy Riot burst into Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral and danced and shouted for the Virgin Mary to deliver Russia from Mr. Putin, who at the time was set to win a third term in a presidential election.
Their case has garnered global attention and celebrity support from Madonna, Paul McCartney and Bjork.
The mystery of Ms. Tolokonnikova’s potential link to Canada also comes ahead of a Toronto rally in support of the trio before an expected verdict on hooliganism charges Friday, and has sparked an online call for the Canadian government to intervene on Ms. Tolokonnikova’s behalf. That call was mounted Thursday by Lisa Kirbie, a blogger who has partnered with a Toronto band to raise money for the women’s legal defence and who once worked for former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff on Parliament Hill. She said she was sent the video, which now has more than 76,000 views on YouTube, as well as a rough translation earlier this week, though she would not disclose the source.
“We have a woman who has been held in prison for months on end, sleep deprived and denied contact with her family,” said Ms. Kirbie, whose roots can be traced back to Russia. “If this woman is a permanent resident of Canada, doesn’t the federal government have a moral obligation, if not a legal one, to find out more about what’s going and potentially help this woman?”
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Pussy Riot try to perform at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.

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On the legal question, the answer is “no,” according to two prominent Canadian lawyers. Even if Ms. Tolokonnikova is, in fact, a permanent resident of Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs has no obligation to protect her human rights abroad — that protection is only guaranteed by citizenship.
“The difference between permanent residency and citizenship is the fact that permanent residents are citizens of another country, and [the government] wouldn’t want to take any steps that would appear to be interfering on the citizenship rights and responsibilities of another country,” said longtime Vancouver immigration lawyer Douglas Cannon.
“Permanent residents have a different kind of status, especially when they [allegedly] run afoul of the law in some way,” said extradition expert Gary Botting. “Canada tends to abandon them and leave them to their own devices.”
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Jessica Seguin said the government “follows the human rights situation in Russia closely,” and that “the promotion of Canadian values, including freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, features prominently in our ongoing dialogue with the Russian authorities.”
National Post, with files from news services
Email: kcarlson@nationalpost.com
Twitter: KBlazeCarlson
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When Putin's Thugs Came for Me
I was dragged away Friday by a group of police—in fact carried away with one on each arm and leg
By Garry Kasparov
Moscow
August 19, 2012
The only surprise to come out of Friday's guilty verdict in the trial here of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot was how many people acted surprised. Three young women were sentenced to two years in prison for the prank of singing an anti-Putin "prayer" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their jailing was the next logical step for Vladimir Putin's steady crackdown on "acts against the social order," the Kremlin's expansive term for any public display of resistance.
In the 100 days since Mr. Putin's re-election as president, severe new laws against public protest have been passed and the homes of opposition leaders have been raided. These are not the actions of a regime prepared to grant leniency to anyone who offends Mr. Putin's latest ally, the Orthodox Church and its patriarch.
Unfortunately, I was not there to hear the judge's decision, which she took hours to read. The crowds outside the court building made entry nearly impossible, so I stood in a doorway and took questions from journalists. Suddenly, I was dragged away by a group of police—in fact carried away with one policeman on each arm and leg.
The men refused to tell me why I was being arrested and shoved me into a police van. When I got up to again ask why I had been detained, things turned violent. I was restrained, choked and struck several times by a group of officers before being driven to the police station with dozens of other protesters. After several hours I was released, but not before they told me I was being criminally investigated for assaulting a police officer who claimed I had bitten him.
It would be easy to laugh at such a bizarre charge when there are already so many videos and photos of the police assaulting me. But in a country where you can be imprisoned for two years for singing a song, laughter does not come easily. My bruises will heal long before the members of Pussy Riot are free to see their young children again. In the past, Mr. Putin's critics and enemies have been jailed on a wide variety of spurious criminal charges, from fraud to terrorism.
But now the masks are off. Unlikely as it may be, the three members of a punk band have become our first true political prisoners.
Such a brazen step should raise alarms, but the leaders of the Free World are clearly capable of sleeping through any wake-up call. A spokesman for the Obama administration called the sentence "disproportionate," as if the length of the prison term were the only problem with open repression of political speech.
Mr. Putin is not worried about what the Western press says, or about celebrities tweeting their support for Pussy Riot. These are not the constituencies that concern him.
Friday, the Russian paper Vedomosti reported that former Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann could be put in charge of managing the hundreds of billions of dollars in the Russian sovereign wealth fund. As long as bankers and other Western elites eagerly line up to do Mr. Putin's bidding, the situation in Russia will only get worse. I hope that the chaos and outrage around the Pussy Riot trial shows Mr. Ackermann and others like him that Putin's Russia is a very dangerous investment.
If officials at the U.S. State Department are as "seriously concerned" about free speech in Russia as they say, I suggest they drop their opposition to the Magnitsky Act pending in the Senate. That legislation would bring financial and travel sanctions against the functionaries who enact the Kremlin's agenda of repression. Hit them where it hurts and expose them as the thugs that they are. Those who wish to help should pressure their representatives to pass such measures. If you live in a democracy you have a voice. Do not waste it.
Mr. Putin could not care less about winning public-relations battles in the Western press, or about fighting them at all. He and his cronies care only about money and power. Friday's events make it clear that they will fight for those things until Russia's jails are full.
Mr. Kasparov, a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal, is the leader of the Russian pro-democracy group United Civil Front and chairman of the U.S.-based Human Rights Foundation. He resides in Moscow.  
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Garry Kasparov arrested outside Pussy Riot trial
By Katerina Nikolas
Aug 17, 2012
Moscow - As pro-Pussy Riot supporters gather in protest around the world, protesters in Moscow, including former chess champion Garry Kasparov, have been arrested by Russian police.
Three members of punk group Pussy Riot were found guilty on charges of hooliganism inside a Moscow cathedral on Friday. Police swooped in on protesters outside the Khamonivchesky courthouse, aggressively arresting 30 demonstrators including opposition leaders Garry Kasparov and Sergei Udaltsov, the Moscow Times reported.
Kasparov's Facebook page confirms his arrest and an entry reads "We just spoke to Garry on the phone. He is at the police station. He was beaten but says he is okay. He isn't sure what will happen next. It seems the police are waiting for orders from above. He says he was standing calmly speaking with journalists when police pushed through and grabbed him."
Reporters outside the packed courtroom reported a crush of people gathered, "dangerous to one's health."
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