Russia, Land of Tolerance

There is a case to be made that the public spotlight on Russia is useful for highlighting its human rights abuses, but it seems that once the Olympic games leave a country, things go back to business as usual (see: Beijing). If the IOC really wants the games to bring about positive change, it’s probably best to avoid oppressive regimes in the first place.


  • Benjamin Schwab

    Something about this reminds me of “free speech zones.” I can’t quite put my finger on it though.

  • yougottaproblemwiddat

    Did you do one on South Africa? Don’t do one on Uganda either.

    • Jen Sorensen

      Uganda’s treatment of gays is atrocious, but they aren’t hosting the Olympics right now.

  • Joseph

    Oppressive regimes? You mean like the United States, the most hypocritical, evil and opressive regime in the world that is bringing us closer and closer to environmental collapse and World War III? Is it Russia that is trying to encircle the U.S. seeking global dominance? When your own country has ceased its imperial ambitions and provided its citizens with guaranteed housing, safe food, healthcare, education, etc., then, and only then will you have the right to criticize other nations.

    • Jen Sorensen

      Criticizing Russia’s human rights abuses is not mutually exclusive of criticizing U.S. policies, which anyone familiar with my cartoon knows I do on a regular basis.

      • Joseph

        Jen, I respect your work. I just feel that all sincere leftists should prioritize opposition to imperialism. There are enough bad things to criticize about the U.S. without having to beat up on Russia. Despite your best intentions, joining in the media chorus criticizing Russia only helps U.S. elites to generate hostility to that country and build public support for aggression and possibly full-scale war.

        The U.S. mainstream media have been demonizing Russia on overtime; they don’t need your help. Let Russians deal with their own problems while we deal with ours. Our job is to point out U.S. hypocrisy and explain WHY the U.S. propaganda machine is using such invective against Russia. Many U.S. states have very repressive anti-gay laws, and hate crimes and bullying are a major problem. Let’s deal with that and call out U.S. hypocrisy.

    • Bowtie and Fedora

      LOL Bet you live in America, too.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.