Killing Stray Dogs and Beating Pussy Riot: Just a Glimpse of Putin’s Ugly Politics

By now, you have probably seen or at least heard about the video showing Russian Cossacks attacking members of the band Pussy Riot with whips and tear gas. It’s a memorable, horrible scene, and it speaks volumes about the kind of place Vladimir Putin’s Russia is. If the point hadn’t been made for us before, the image of security officers brutalizing unarmed young women will burn it into the public consciousness.

 

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