Cossack Watch: The Pussy Riot Edition

Long before the cool kids were doing it, I noted that Cossacks were being violent towards Russian gays. Yes, Cossacks.

Now they apparently don’t like punk rock either:

Good Lord. When I heard that Russia was bringing in Cossacks to brutalize their underpeople and undesirables, I thought it was a metaphor. But no. Cossacks.

Not just for raping and killing Jews in the late 19th century any more …

In all seriousness, when it comes to Europe, anti-Semitism is a good litmus test: if you still hate Jews, you’re probably not ready to enter the 21st century. This is also something to keep an eye on when it comes to the Ukraine, since some of the rightwing elements in the protests there are Jew-haters.

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