To the joy of traditionalists everywhere, the obscene-named punk feminist band's exploits in Sochi came to an inglorious end. The bandmembers gained worldwide celebrity status after yelling out Christophobic slogans on the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. After being pardoned from their two year sentences by Vladimir Putin, they made a whirlwind tour of the West, meeting with new NYC mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife and performing alongside Madonna (who was aptly, if crudely characterized as an "old w***e" by Russian deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin).
The wenches' next target was unsurprisingly, the Sochi Olympics. But unlike in genteel, Westernized Moscow, they ran into some tough resistance. You see, Sochi is located in the Kuban region of Russia, where there was a traditionally strong Cossack presence. For hundreds of years, the Cossacks served as brutal, loyal, and efficient enforcers of strong Russian rule and were always known for their reverence for Russia's Faith and Tradition. After the fall of the USSR, they distinguished themselves in defending Russian and Slavic interests in armed conflicts in Trans-Dniester, Abkhazia, Bosnia, and Croatia (Slavonia and Krajina). In Sochi, the Cossacks serve as a volunteer militia, providing security and crowd control for the Olympics.
After being released from brief police custody in Sochi, the members of P***y Riot and a few male supporters decided to stage an impromptu anti-Putin performance in the center of Sochi. Just as they put on their infamous colored balaklavas, a group of Cossacks approached and put a stop to their performance using pepper spray and more traditional methods: horsewhips and some strong Russian profanities.
Now, the fact that the Cossacks beat and cursed out women is inexcusable. But in that horsewhipping and string of profanities, one senses the completely justified anger, resentment, and disgust that ordinary, decent Russian people have for the antics of P***y Riot and their Western backers. Too bad the NYC authorities didn't import some tough Cossack lads to deal with the obnoxious leftists of Occupy Wall Street.
Eugene Girin is a New York-based attorney and commentator.