Pussy Riot: Putin’s speaking at the UN is ‘hypocrisy at its worst’

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Maria Alyokhina is a founding member of Pussy Riot who spent two years in a Russian prison on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

MOSCOW — On Monday, President Vladimir Putin will speak at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Putin will argue for the creation of an international coalition to fight extremism in the Middle East and will “call to abandon double standards in the fight against terrorism,” according to Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov

It’s a conspicuous change in foreign policy rhetoric — from Cold War-style railing against “Western enemies” to a seeming attempt to find compromise with the West — that perhaps lies in the fact that after plunging into a sea of misery, Putin has realized it’s impossible to swim out alone Read more…

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