The Putin Project
You have to wonder whether the Russian authorities had any idea of the intensity of the international spotlight when they arrested, charged and imprisoned those three women, the members of the punk band, Pussy Riot.
Whatever your feelings about their protest, I think it's fair to say that in most Western democracies, this type of action would NEVER result in any significant jail time.
Russia operates to different standards from most European countries. And its most significant politician, Vladimir Putin, is seen by many as the man who ultimately calls the shots, where any major policy decision is concerned.
Well, in just over one month, on February 6th, Russia will host the 22nd Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea. And Vladimir Putin is determined that these games will be a resounding success.
However, many critics of the games believe they represent some of the worst aspects of Russian power, and particularly the power of its president.
Lucy Ash is a radio producer with the BBC, and she's just completed a documentary called The Putin Project, examining these issues. She joins us this afternoon from the BBC studios in London...
To listen back to the BBC World Service documentary The Putin Project, click here.