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Bad Girls from Russia

have arrived in the U.S. and become wildly popular. They were on Colbert the other night. He was apparently trying to catechize them (didn't seem to be having much luck). U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, wants to join their group, though they haven't been invited to the WH--yet.

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina are the civil liberties cause of the week, if not the month. So this commentary at Foreign Policy about the views of their Russian fellow citizens was news.

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Having read the FP article, I would assure the author that some of us don't have a rosy view of Russia.  I've always viewed it as a large, brutal, oppressive country out of which people with my type of last name had best stay.

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.