Pussy Riot becomes hot debate with US, Russian politicians
In February of this year, Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin proposed to his colleague Samantha Power to join the infamous group Pussy Riot. The permanent representative made this statement at the request of journalists to comment on the meeting of Power with Mary Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
"How come she did not join them so far? I expected that she would offer them to speak at the National Cathedral in Washington, or even be able to arrange a world tour for them," said the Russian diplomat.
Vitaly Churkin even offered the girls and their American friends a program of the "world tour." In response, Samantha Power, said that the first concert should be held in a place, where "the Russian political prisoners" are held.
Now, in an interview with the August issue of Vanity Fair Samantha Power said that Churkin never responded to this remark, and she considers herself a winner in the dispute. "I had the last word in it. That's enough for a small victory," she said.
In return, the Russian diplomat commented on the official website of the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation on Facebook and noted that the statement is not true.
"Here I must clarify the truth (In the event that this episode be remembered in Samantha Power's memoirs, for which I am sure she will receive a Pulitzer Prize). I did respond to her. I called Samantha and explained that there are no political prisoners in Russia. It seemed that she was stunned again and promised to contact me on this issue. She never did."
"However, she acknowledged that I took over in this debate because my response was spontaneous, and hers not," wrote Vitaly Churkin. "I will not declare that it was my "small victory." Let people who like such jokes judge that," concluded the diplomat.
Samantha Power has been holding the position of US Permanent Representative to the UN, since August of last year. Since then, she has managed to get into a debate with Vitaly Churkin on the Syrian conflict. Accusing Russia of violating international legal norms concerning Crimea, Power probably forgot about her own proposals for Syria. In an interview with US National Public Radio in September 2013 (being in office for just the second month), she called on to "bypass" the UN and to organize a military strike against Syria, which she considered "necessary", giving Kosovo as the example.
However, it is possible that the whole thing is in Power's views, but in her extravagancy: in 2008 she was forced to resign from her post as an assistant to the Barack Obama presidential campaign after in an interview with The Scotsman she called Hillary Clinton "a monster " and revealed details about Obama's campaign using profanity ("we ******** made a mistake, chose the wrong tactics in Ohio.") Power used the wrong kind of expressions when she became the representative of the United States at the UN. Thus, she called killing the American-Israeli journalist who the "al-Qaeda" members in Pakistan beheaded, a "spiral of violence, which helps to stop the reconciliation", and in 2002 offered to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the help of the US Army.