And hopefully, he never will (join, that is....)at least for the moment we can still cling to the belief that he can distance himself from the repression...
it's too late
Orthodox Church (rather late , as the reporter noted) has issued a statement asking for "mercy".....which makes you wonder, surely the women will pose a greater threat to Putin, even locked away in a siberian labor camp, as a focus for the disparate opposition - so is that the fist stage in a process which may see Putin playing the benevolent "father of the nation" to release them 6 months down the track......or has the damage already been done??
pretty cynical to ask for mercy after
the verdict. Church did it to safe the face.
Best case scenario I guess is the girls released in spring on probation. One thing for sure- they will be released before winter Olympics 2014.