Newspaper review: Pussy Riot sentencing criticised
Published: 18th Aug 2012 05:57:34
Punk band Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism after their protest in a Moscow cathedral, appear on the front of the Guardian.
The paper says prosecution is becoming President Vladimir Putin's weapon of choice against dissent.
They are "prisoners of Putin", says the Independent, using a photo of the three women being led away in handcuffs.
The Times says he is facing mounting international criticism with protesters accusing him of running a dictatorship.
The Daily Mail wonders whether Ian Brady's letter - supposedly revealing the location of murdered Keith Bennett's grave - is a sadistic hoax.
The note may be up to 10 years old, says the Daily Mirror.
The Guardian criticises the police for "allowing the notoriety of the case to sway their judgement" by arresting Brady's mental health advocate.
It says nothing is solved or gained "by continuing to dig over this horrible case in this way any longer".
As the Premier League begins, the Financial Times considers unfavourable comparisons with the Olympics.
Britain's footballers, it says, are the bankers of the sporting world - rich and targets of blind rage.
In the eyes of the paper, though, the Premier League, just like the City, is a global success story and one that deserves to be defended.
The Sun urges footballers to embrace the Olympic spirit of sportsmanship or risk losing the love of their fans.
The Daily Telegraph reports that US researchers have discovered that women tend to drink more after marriage while men drink less.
The study found that both sexes are influenced by their spouse's habits.
Its conclusion is that while women can keep their husbands' drinking habits under control, men tend to have a bad influence on their wives.
The Daily Express says it shows that marriage really does drive women to drink more than their unwed friends.
At 06:55:59 in WalesThere is one week to go before world leaders descend on Wales for the 2014 Nato summit at Newport's Celtic Manor.
At 06:47:23 in Northern IrelandA call for more funding for the arts because of its importance to society has been made by the Arts and Disability Forum.
At 06:30:56 in Northern IrelandEvery year, 13 children with heart defects in Northern Ireland die before they reach school age, according to the British Heart Foundation.
At 06:24:05 in EnglandThe birth of twin East African bongo antelopes is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.
At 06:22:35 in Northern IrelandA former professor of dentistry has lost his case for unfair dismissal brought against Queen's University.
At 06:07:51 in ScotlandMore than 200 business figures have signed an open letter backing Scottish independence.
At 05:55:32 in HeadlinesUS police say Equatorial Guinea's ambassador is suspected of beating a girl with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity.
At 05:52:40 in HeadlinesIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to launch a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor.
At 05:49:38 in HeadlinesMany papers point the finger at officials in Rotherham over their failure to prevent organised child abuse over a period of 16 years, and wonder why no-one has lost their job as a result.
At 04:22:03 in EnglandA campaign which was key to gaining equality for Bristol's black and ethnic minorities is to be remembered with a new plaque.
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