A month ago, a London court has sentenced to prison Charlie Gilmour: he rocked the British flag on the Cenotaph – the memorial to the victims of the war – and threw the box into the police car, writes The Guardian .The judge deprived him of liberty for a year and a half years. “How can the British politicians whose statements clearly aim to influence compliant judges criticize other independent states of the same thing?” – Asks the journalist Simon Jenkins.

“Last week, the British Foreign Office expressed” considerable concern “about the fate of the three participating Russian group Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for” hooliganism “in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. According to all descriptions of what they put on it were obscene antics in order to attract attention. They videotaped anti-Putin song insulting the Virgin in the face of the pious congregation “- the author writes.

“Of course, there is a difference between the freedoms enjoyed by citizens of most Western democracies and harsh judicial practices of modern Russia, China and much of the Muslim world. Would be foolish to pretend that it is not. But the difference is not so great as to merit a flurry vociferous comments from the West “- believes Jenkins.

“Pussy Riot could not attack anyone physically, but none of the companies – and certainly not British – does not legislate on the basis of” the words do not hurt. “If any rock band was in Westminster Abbey, and seriously offend the religious or ethnic minority at the altar, we all know that, in response to calls for “exemplary punishment” judges would be required to do it, “- the author concludes.

 

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