Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Those of you who do not remember the Soviet Union may not know that it had an archipelago of terrible prison camps, the G.U.L.A.G., in which some of their greatest citizens languished or died. Well, thanks to the Pussy Riot we now know that Russia still has its gulag; it's just been announced that the two demonstrators who are in prison are being sent far away from Moscow, where their children are, to harsh prison camps in the East. Now that the Tories are in full retribution mode, perhaps they should consult Putin about how to run a gulag. Or perhaps we could remind them that the only civilized use of prison is for deterrence and rehabilitation.