Pussy Riot – freed by social media?

One has to be in awe of Pussy Riot – brave, tenacious and attacking their jailer Putin the moment they set foot out of the gulag.  Already the pertinent point is being made that without the spotlight shone by social media, they might still be dining on gruel in sub-zero temperatures this Christmas.  Their supporters and fans have kept up a relentless barrage on the web – a digital noise that Putin doesn’t want to continue ahead of the Olympics.

Much is made of the celebrity support they received – Paul McCartney penning letters to Moscow.  Madonna making a public statement on her website and echoing it to her 14 million followers on Facebook.  But there was also thousands of bloggers, journalists and politicians keeping up a relentless tide of pressure on the Russians.

Pussy Riot are out of jail and the Twitterati can give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back for playing a central role.

 

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