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Occasionally I check to see where in the world people are reading my blog.
It's always a nice surprise to see a small but steady number from Russia.
Usually I assume it is an ESL class somewhere in Moscow. Sometimes I hope it is a Russian teacher I corresponded with during the Cold War.
Our classes exchanged letters one year and I would love to know that she is well.
But whoever it is, they need to know that we know about Pussy Riot.
They've been in the news quite a bit recently.
For those who haven't heard about them, Pussy Riot is an all girl punk band that is opposed to the regime of the thuggish Vladimir Putin and his supporters in the Russian Orthodox church.
According to Wayne Kinsella's column, St. Catharines Standard, Monday, August 13, the young women spent 40 seconds inside an Orthodox Church sending a 'punk prayer',
(I don't know what it is either, but I'm guessing it involved a lot of noise and bad language),
to the Virgin Mary asking Her to get rid of Putin.
There was no church service going on but they have been in prison since March charged with blasphemy.
They have been starved, deprived of sleep, are not allowed to see their children and have been subjected to a unjust trial.
The verdict will be read August 17th and evidently the prosecution is seeking years of incarceration.
It seems like a bit of an overreaction on Stalin's part.
Oops, did I say Stalin?
His name is Vladimir Putin.
And, Mr. Vladimir Putin, the world is watching.