Neither Putin nor Pussy Riot seems capable of backing off. Look, I don't have a dog in this fight. I can see the good and bad in both here, and emphatically side with neither. Still... to go making trouble when you've been specifically warned to stay away from the Sochi Olympics does show an admirable punk spirit, matched only by Putin's flair in dispatching a team of genuine Cossacks with real horsewhips to deal with the miscreants:
Holy crap! It just doesn't get any more punk than this.
Three links to news sites on the incident:
NPR has a largely PR-sympathetic article, and features the music video "Putin will teach you how to love the motherland," made from this and other related incidents.
Fox News has a better story, and some bystander footage of the incident.
And The BBC has an article too, just for another view. Their bystander video isn't as complete, but perhaps it's not really all that worth watching either.
Did Thatcher send the SAS to whip up on Elvis Costello's skinny self when he promised to Tramp the Dirt Down on her grave? No. Did Reagan sick the Secret Service on The Ramones after they sang Bonzo Goes to Bitburg? No. Vladimir it seems is not made of such strong, serene stuff. On the other hand, it's not like Elvis or Joey & the boys pulled their shenanigans smack in front of the '84 Olympic venue either.