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|Relații internaționale. Politică internațională. Activitate internațională. Politică externă (582)|
|Numărul 3(74) / 2016 / ISSN 1812-2566|
The divergent views between the East and the West on the arrest and prosecution of Pussy Riot band members in 2012, offers a fascinating insight as to how domestic political scandals can be used by foreign governments in order to character attack the country who had the domestic scandal. Equally, these events show the tremendous difference in cultural and political mentality in how the events are perceived, processed and analyzed by the countries’ news sources and populations. This paper will limit its scope to understanding the differences between how Russia and the United States of America interpreted the arrest of Pussy Riot Band members in Moscow. A thorough literature re-view, conducted from Russian, American and British news sources, from the relevant period of time (i.e. 2012-2013) found that the West’s perception and “canonization” of Pussy Riot band members, in particular by American news sources and political leaders sharply diverged from the Russian narrative that the women had grossly offended the Orthodox believers in the (predominantly Orthodox) country. The subsequent attacks on Russia’s degree of freedom, and on Russian President Vladimir Putin personally, are indicative of an effort to character assassinate him as being opposed to free speech.