Daily Archives: August 10, 2012

Gideon Rachman

Show trials are not what they used to be. The murder trial of Gu Kailai – the wife of the fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai – lasted less than a day and foreign journalists were excluded. As one commentator put it:  “This was a show trial, without the show.”

Meanwhile in Moscow, scene of the original show trials of the 1930s, the case against the punk band, Pussy Riot looks like it is backfiring for the Russian government. There was a show alright – but it was put on by members of the band. The defendants made impassioned speeches, which were met with applause in the courtroom. Read more