Shawn Walker of the Guardian writes: Observations: (1) As on so many other occasions, Putin shows himself to be more liberal than ~60-70% of Russians. (The 60% is those Russians who think the piracy charges are appropriate). (2) Despite the presumption of "telephone justice" and "power vertical" in Russia, the prosecutors pretty much ignore Putin's opinions on the matter. (Unless he is playing a very roundabout game of public good cop - private bad cop). (3) I don't think this will become an international cause celebre like Magnitsky, Pussy Riot, and to a lesser extent, Navalny. Fact of the matter is a lot of people in the West consider Greenpeace to be a bunch of eco-nuts, and there is little doubt that their protest would have provoked a similarly harsh response in virtually any other country.