With the opening of the Sochi Olympics mere days away the anti-Putin diatribes in Western media are hitting absurd heights.
If it's not homophobia, it's corruption. Or meddling in Ukraine. Or more corruption. Or stifling free speech. Or slapping the bold activists of Pussy Riot in jail. Or homophobia. Or meddling in Syria. Have I mentioned the rampant corruption?... homophobia?
At the weekend the papers were full of breathless reportage on Masha Gessen's in-depth biography of the spunky anti-Putin self-promoters Pussy Riot.
But the wicked Putin knows no bounds. Among his manifold malevolent failings there has been one kept secret until now; the man hates man's best friend. They are killing the stray dogs in Sochi in advance of the Olympics!
Who can even bear to imagine such evil?
What do you suppose happens to stray dogs in Frankfurt or Milan or New York or Toronto? Are they superannuated in doggie retirement homes? No, they are corralled and disposed of.
Is it a pleasant fact to contemplate? No.
Is it newsworthy? No.
But it sure is when it happens in Russia.