August 31, 2012 2:10 AM

Commentary: Pussy Riot's punishment makes Putin look petty and afraid

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his backers may believe they won a victory by putting away the three rabble-rousing, rocking girls of Pussy Riot, but they are mistaken. The biggest loser in the high-profile battle between the increasingly authoritarian president and their inventive opposition was the president’s carefully cultivated image.

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