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Putin For Pussy Leniency

Russian President Vladimir Putin often burnishes his tough-guy cred, but it appears he’s harboring a soft spot for the three punk rockers from Pussy Riot jailed for staging an anti-Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. In an interview with RT, the Russian global TV network, Putin says he doesn’t condone the women’s act of defiance but he also advocates that they “not be judged too harshly.”

Interesting range of YouTube reactions to Putin’s comments, presumably from Russians although one can’t discount the possibility that some of these responses are from ringers. The selections:

* Vladimir Putin is a boss!

* Whatever it takes to keep Russia from falling down the sewer pipe and essentially commiting societal suicide is nearly alright with me. America and the West in general have confused freedom with licentiousness and complete irresponsibility and many people here, old and young alike are getting fed up with it.

* I like how the hard ass Putin is saying “hey take it easy on them”

* OMG. I am not religious, but I would have executed these sub humans.

* What’s this Pusi Riot female crunk group?? LOL!! What is the big deal? Is this what BIG OIL Russian Gov’t is all about going after naked painted pixies? Freakin’ inept morons, no wonder NEOCONS have conquered Geo-political strategy.

* Gee, such an excellent chance for Putin to show what a mild-mannered fella he really is, despite all the rumours about critical journalists being prone to end up in fatal incidents .. A PR counter-campaign couldn’t have been promoted and spinned in a much more efficient fashion.. Nice footwork..

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