yggdrasil wrote:This is quite simple. Just let them go would be a real bad choice, because that would be perceived by them as an incentive to go further.
To do what? What heinous crimes do you think they are capable of? Murder?
Keep in mind that footage has been shown in the West of thugs attacking peaceful protestors in Moscow and St Petersburg while Russian police look on or even join in. It doesn't make sense to us that they are allowed to do this while two young mothers get prison time for a protest in which no one was injured.
Moreover, I just don't buy slippery slope
arguments of this kind. You can justify arresting virtually anyone by saying it was done to prevent some possible future crime. But that's not how it works in a free society.
yggdrasil wrote:What they did was actually an insult to millions of believers and non-belivers as well. How could it be otherwise?
Wait, that's a crime in Russia? So why hasn't Aleksei Zorin been prosecuted for saying "We deplore those who are led astray--those Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists, evangelicals, Pentecostals and many others who cut Christ's robes like bandits, who are like the soldiers who crucified Christ, who ripped apart Christ's holy coat." Don't you think that 800 million Protestants would find it an "insult" to be compared to the heathens who killed their Lord and Saviour?
yggdrasil wrote:They performed an act of vandalism in a place, which is perceived as the most sacred by many Orthodox believers.
What did they vandalise? What was the value of property damage you claim they did? (Again, in my country, vandalism is routinely punished with a fine: The value of the property plus court costs and an added penalty. Why wasn't that appropriate here?)
yggdrasil wrote:This is a cold-blooded calculation. And that must have been stopped. Next time they will think twice before doing anything of that kind.
What do you mean by "doing anything of that kind"? Exercising free speech rights in public?
yggdrasil wrote:It is quite understandable that the outside world does not understand the essense of the conflict and tend to see Pussy Riot as minor offenders. In fact this was an act of spiritual war. BTW, the name of the group is VOINA, which speaks for itself.
"Spiritual war"? What does that even mean? If it's spiritual, it can be handled in the spiritual realm. God can strike them down and cast them into the fiery pit all on his own if he chooses to, he doesn't need the Russian state to come to his aid (unless everything the Christians have taught about his powers all this time is just some hollow lie).
But this is exactly what I was talking about in the post your first quoted: The Russian Orthodox Church has an unhealthily close relationship with the Russian state, close enough that it can enlist it to fight its "spiritual battles". We used to do that in the West, too. Then after the Thirty Years' War, where something like 20% of the population of Central Europe perished, we decided it wasn't such a great idea after all.
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