Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Farcical Freedom

The two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who were serving two-year jail terms for their part in a performance critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have been released from prison on Monday. [Have you read my post last Saturday titled ‘Russian Amnesty”?] 

But Putin's pardon is a farce really because Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were freed about two months before their prison sentences were due to end! 

I believe – and I am not alone in this – that the amnesty for this duo was a publicity stunt to bolster the government's image before it hosts the Winter Olympics in February 2014. For sure, the country’s record on human rights will be under intense scrutiny. 

This year’s Christmas decorations in hotels and malls portray more diversity. I manage to capture a sample of these in and around the city of Kuala Lumpur – check out the photos below: 


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