About the time my Dad Matriculated from Wainui School, the Bolsheviks took power from the Tsar and created the great Socialist/Communist experiment.
For around 50 years of my life where understanding was available, my aversion to how the state could manipulate its citizens lives, often without regard for any basic rights I thought a citizen deserved, was very clear and The USSR was a significant player
In 1990 the bastion of Communism was destroyed by an educated proletariat who gradually gained a small idea of how man should and could enjoy certain freedoms.
How ironic that a bunch of losers should fall foul of the subsequent government of the remnant of the USSR and find themselves now facing charges of Piracy as a result of their planned and deliberate act of idiocy.
Now our very own great satan led by John key is the subject of their stupid appeals for assistance as the realisation of their, and their equally stupid co-defendants, judicial reality, becomes apparent.
Boo hoo hoo, listen up and learn, many of the worlds jurisdictions are not so weak in dealing with saboteurs and wreckers.
Your mates at present in custody in Russia should feel very lucky they are not dealing with justice as dealt out by Stalin, Beria and Co.
Putin and his entourage are not pussies, it is possible your lawbreaking friends and families might just get home some day but the thought they might have learnt something is as remote as ever.
Once upon a time, opponents of capitalism might have gained succor from Communists and their governments, but on this occasion they might have miscalculated bigtime.
For me, my government should do what it would do for anyone who finds themselves in trouble with another jurisdiction, no more, no less.