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Did Putin Use a Picasso from the Hermitage as a World Cup Bribe?

Did Valdimir Putin get an assist from Pablo Picasso toward his goal of bringing the 2018 World Cup competition to Russia? According to a British report that has just been made public, former soccer star, UEFA president, and FIFA executive member Michel Platini received a Picasso painting as a bribe in return for supporting Russia’s bid to host the 2018 soccer World Cup.

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In Closing Remarks, Pussy Riot Grrrl Delivers Manifesto

Those who’ve been following the news out of Russia know that three members of feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are currently on trial for rushing the altar and playing an anti-Putin song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The women called their song, which is titled “Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out” and includes a lot of cursing, a “punk prayer.” Authorities arrested Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova after their February performance and charged them with hooliganism and inciting religious hatred. They then spent months in detention until the trial finally began at the end of July.