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Eilis O'Hanlon: Pussy Riot anger needs to be the beginning, not end, of protests

Our righteous anger is too often tied to the glamour of celebrity endorsement, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 19/08/2012 | 05:00

It is entirely possible that the whole furore over the jailing of female Russian punk band Pussy Riot has been manufactured so that people in the West have an opportunity to repeat the group's name at regular intervals on the airwaves.

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It's certainly true that there has been far more outrage at the treatment of Pussy Riot than there ever was about the appalling human rights records of countries such as China with which our own State enjoys such friendly relations.

Nonetheless, just because indignation is selective does not mean it is undeserved, and Russia remains an unpleasant police state whose long history of authoritarianism is barely concealed by a thin coat of democracy painted on a corrupt system after the Soviet system's collapse.

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