Why the fuck is everyone so surprised at the Russian response to Pussy Riot? Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past 100 years or so, witnessing Russia coming down unfairly and brutally hard on those who voice opposition to the state should not exactly come as news.
And if you are bothered by the reactionary third-world mentality that would cause such an unjust punishment for publicly criticizing the status quo, then you may want to move. It’s going to become more and more commonplace here as well. And very soon, too.
That’s what happens to every society that abandons reason and tolerance in favor of fear mongering and zealotry. You get what you put in. You raise generations of increasingly ignorant, willfully superstitious and anti-intellectual citizens, you get a state exemplified by oppression and punitive reaction to even the most harmless displays of dissatisfaction. Garbage in, garbage out.