Punk band offers another view of Sochi

TODAY’S MODERATOR

We’ve been interested for some time in the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot, who by virtue of persistent protests, some not-so-good rock and some hard jail time have made themselves into the best-known critics of the Putin regime.

They’re at it again at the Olympics. After a run-in with police in Sochi, one of the band’s members, Maria Alyokhina, penned a column in the Friday New York Times that put a different face on Putin’s games.

“More than $50 billion was sunk into the construction of Olympic venues — giant, meaningless, alien objects whose purpose is to feed the ego of the country’s president, elevating him to the rank of a pharaoh or emperor. The host city of Sochi has essentially become a closed military facility. Access to the city is restricted and will remain so for another month after the Olympics end. … The face of these Olympics is deceptive, as is the entire authoritarian regime.”

No doubt, we’ll hear more from this group. Your thoughts? Email rrollins@coxohio.com.

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