In Russia, rock critics actually continue to matter — sometimes to potentially devastating personal consequences. Still, for all the weighty political implications of the case, there’s also this:
“Troitsky, a dog lover and owner of a black Scottish terrier named Churchill, has defended his comments, saying he does not consider calling somebody a poodle to be an insult.
“He has argued in court that poodles are actually ‘kind, intelligent, endearing dogs.’ He said he would not be offended if he was called ‘Che Guevara’s trained poodle.'”