Annie - the "shocker", for me, is the unexpected blindness to his own hypocrisy. Namely, the arrogant, offhand way in which he dismisses Pussy Riot as "worthless" and "stupid", with the smug and callous "they got more than they bargained for"
He has basically repeated Putin's comments on this issue who said that they got what they wanted and that the judge "slapped them with twopence" (not sure how to translate Putin's slang.) So, if a president can speak publicly like that (speak before
verdict is confirmed mind you), what can we expect from MP of his ruling party