Punk band offers another view of Sochi


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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