|Photo by Photo by Olaf Koens|
Former chess world champion and pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov was arrested outside the Moscow courthouse where the Pussy Riot trial was taking place. He was not there to protest, simply to attend, and the police cornered him and dragged him into the police van.
This photo shows the police assaulting him inside the van.
I was talking about the Pussy Riot sentence with a friend of mine and then this came out... and my friend reminded me of the following Soviet era joke:
Two Eastern European political prisoners walk into a bar.We are back to telling political prisoner jokes. Not funny at all.
Bulgarian guy: How long is your sentence?
Russian guy: 8 years.
Bulgarian guy: What for, what did you do?
Russian guy: Nothing.
Bulgarian guy: Poor you, in Bulgaria we only get 3 years for that.