Is Putin going mad?
It's hard to follow the logic of the Russian president’s defence of the imprisonment of Pussy Riot
Appeared in print on 22.11.2012
Faced with Angela Merkel’s attack on Russia’s human-rights record during her visit there last week, Vladimir Putin had all the usual options available to any sane person dealing with criticism. He could ignore it, rebut it, accept it, or deflect it, or create a cocktail of any of the above.