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Putin accuses Western media of 'hypocrisy' in Pussy Riot coverage

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 08:19 hrs
Vladimir Putin

London: Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Western media of hypocrisy in its coverage of punk band Pussy Riot, saying the women had crossed a red line.

Putin claimed that the female protesters 'violated the morals of the people' and after the Stalin-era purge of Orthodox priests it was the Russian state's duty to protect the sanctity of the church.

Speaking to the Valdai Group of foreign and Russian academics and journalists, Putin said the western media was hypocritical in condemning the imprisonment of the three women, when they were silent about the fact that the man who made "Innocence of Muslims", Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was also in jail, the Guardian reports.

Nakoula is the Egyptian-born US resident thought to be a writer, producer, and promoter that sparked riots and protests erupted in many countries around the world.

According to the paper, Putin also equated the Pussy Riot affair with the work of Russian neo-fascist groups that put posters in supermarkets and malls calling for the expulsion of Jews and foreign workers.

"They too should be convicted of social unrest. Do you really want to support such behaviour? Then why don't you support the man who is in prison and who made that movie?" the paper quoted Putin, as saying. 




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