After I published an article yesterday on the Pussy Riot case in Russia I came across an excellent piece on the subject on Peter Hitchens' blog.
The author approached the topic from a slightly different angle and compared the less than perfect behaviour of the Russian state in the realm of human rights with the far more egregious abuses carried out in Turkey, a thoroughly repressive state in several respects but a country which has, crucially, a certain strategic value to the west by virtue of which it gets away with a great deal.As Hitchens explains, Turkey...
at the last count had 95 journalists behind bars, and where the bizarre and sinister Ergenekon prosecution is a pretext for the arrest (and often lengthy pre-trial detention) of opponents of Mr Erdogan, the country’s bossy, thin-skinned premier. The Economist, and other respectable organs , ceaselessly call Mr Erdogan’s government ‘mildly Islamist’ . What does he have to do to stop being called ‘mild’, I wonder?The author also compares the Russian and English legal systems, and argues that whilst theirs is getting slightly better, it is at least moving very slowly in the right direction, whereas the English system is getting worse.
The item is well worth reading in its entirety and can be viewed here: