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The Pussy Riot verdict is all about religion

The point about the Pussy Riot trial and verdict (News, August 18) is not that the protest was critical of Putin, but that it desecrated a religious institution and the majority of the Russian people (many of whom have become very religious since the fall of communism) objected to this.

Personally, I quite like Vladimir Putin, in spite of his hooded eyes and somewhat reptilian expression.

He may not be a democrat, but, under his rule, people are no longer sent off to hard labour in Siberia for the rest of their lives on trumped-up charges. Surely that must be an improvement?

If any nation deserves to do it 'their way', it is the Russians, whose history may have been tragic, but has always been honourable as far as the rest of Europe is concerned.

PETER GILES

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