Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 12, 2012 11:45:15 GMT -5
Russians Say Politicians’ Faith Fake – Poll.
18:39 12/04/2012 MOSCOW, April 12 (RIA Novosti)
The majority of Russians (63 percent) do not believe in politicians’ genuine religious feelings while watching them attending Orthodox services, a survey conducted by the Kremlin-connected Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) pollster said on Thursday.
Only 18 percent of respondents said they believed in politicians’ religious devoutness. Many Russian political figures started their career back in atheist Soviet times where the ruling party’s ideology replaced religion.
Among the respondents most skeptical about officials’ religious views are the residents of large cities (77 percent), people with higher education (73 percent) and those whose monthly income exceeds $700 (76 percent), FOM said on its website.
According to the poll, Russians loyal to President-elect and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tend to believe in politicians’ faith (23 percent) as well as rural residents who view politicians as true believers (29 percent).
The survey was held on April 7-8 among 1,500 respondents in 43 Russian regions.
65,000 gather in Moscow 'to pray for Church & defend faith' (VIDEO, PHOTOS).
RT.com 22 April, 2012, 15:48
Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians have joined a service outside Moscow’s main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in defense of their faith, sacred objects and the Church itself, following recent numerous attacks on Christian relics.
The Sunday service has gathered around 65 thousand worshippers, according to official police data. It comes in response to what the church says is a series disrespectful acts against Orthodoxy and religious faith over the past few months.
Sacred Orthodox objects attacked this spring were specially brought to the Cathedral for one day.
Among the relics is a 3.5-metre-tall crucifix cut by an attacker in the cathedral of the city of Nevinnomyssk in Russia’s south. There are also five of the 30 icons cut with an ax in the town of Veliky Ustyug in March. And the Virgin Mary icon, shot with bullets in the early 1920s, was also brought from the same city.
Worshippers also denounce other cases of vandalism – in March, the Cathedral of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the city of Mozyr was desecrated with blasphemous inscriptions and sacrilege against the representationof the cross. In April, offenders poured gasoline and set fire to the entrance door to the Cathedral of Demetrius of Thessalonica in Krasnodar. In the Rostov Region, on the eve of Easter, vandals smeared black paint on the walls of a chapel built in memory of those who died in the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, as well as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.
In February, the activists of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot broke into Moscow’s main cathedral and sang blasphemous songs at the altar.
Earlier on Sunday, Patriarch Kirill led a liturgy service and then the worshippers went around the Cathedral in a religious procession. Similar services are being held in other Russian regional centers.
On Saturday, Moscow drivers and bikers had their say in support of the Church. They held a rally denouncing the recent attacks on cathedrals, as well as media criticism of the Patriarch.
Faith on wheels: Bikers back Orthodox Church (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT.com 22 April, 2012, 13:14
Moscow’s bikers opened their summer season with a support campaign for the Russian Orthodox Church. Joined by activist drivers, they hit the city roads denouncing recent attacks on cathedrals, as well as media criticism of the Patriarch.
The rally "For the Patriarch, for the Church and for the Motherland" ran around the central Garden Ring on Saturday evening.
Numerous participants in the flash mob tied St. George ribbons, balloons and flags to their vehicles. The balloons and flags had the “Christ is Risen” Easter inscription, as Eastern Christianity celebrated the Holy Day last Sunday.
The St. George ribbon has become a nationwide symbol of remembrance of those who fought against and defeated Nazi Germany.
The organizers have explained the rally comes in support of the Orthodox Church following numerous desecration attacks on churches throughout the country, including an incident with a punk rock group. In February, the activists of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot broke into Moscow’s main cathedral and sang blasphemous songs at the altar.
“The Church has its own problems. No institution in the world is flawless. But we won’t tolerate destroying its basics. We are against this glamour nihilistic movement. We represent alternative patriotic forces,” explained one of the organizers, an activist of the Congress of Russian Communities, Fyodor Biryukov.
The bikers did not end up in the city center. After the rally they drove to Sparrow Hills – one of the highest points in the city and their usual meeting place.
The leader of the Moscow Motor club “Night Wolves” said the flash mob opened their summer season. The bikers chose to participate in the rally “in protest of some demoniacs who held their rituals in churches.”
“Being a believer, as the majority of other people, I feel greatly annoyed by such actions,” he said.
Several prayer services in support of the faith and many of its holy sites took place on Sunday.
Orthodox Christians held a service with praying and singing outside Moscow’s main church – the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Police say it attracted 65 thousand worshippers.
Watch the video of activist drivers hitting Moscow streets in support of the Russian Orthodox Church.
A man wielding an ax attacked on Monday morning a Moscow judge who refused to release on bail three members of the all-female punk group Pussy Riot, the online newspaper Gazeta.ru reported.
The group's members face up to seven years over a protest song in February against President-elect Vladimir Putin at Moscow's largest cathedral .
The man, whose name was not given, entered Yelena Ivanova's office on the pretext of filing a complaint.
He was promptly detained after bailiffs heard screams coming from Ivanova's office.
It is not clear whether the attack was linked to the three women's detention.
In a ruling last week, they were retained in custody until June 24.
Prosecutors had asked the court to prolong custody to "ensure the safety" of the suspects. A lawyer for the group said last month death threats had been made against them and their children.
Pussy Riot said the performance was a response to Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill’s backing of Putin in the run-up to his landslide March 4 election victory. The patriarch called the 12 years of Putin's rule a "miracle of God" in a televised meeting.
Russian Patriarch Kirill Gives Blessing to Bulgaria.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 27, 2012, Friday| 473 views
The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Kirill, gave his blessings to the religious Bulgarians after arriving in Sofia on Friday.
"I have been to Bulgaria many times and my heart is always open for the Bulgarian believers and the Bulgarian people," Patriarch Kirill declared.
"May peace and well-being prevail on this remarkable land and the Bulgarian nation," he added, blessing the Bulgarians after landing in Sofia at about 5 pm on Friday.
In a brief address, he noted that his current visit to Bulgaria is his first after he became Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, as cited by BGNES.
Patriarch Kirill, 65, pointed out that he will be meeting with his counterpart, the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, 94, and with the representatives of the Bulgarian Holy Synod.
"I wish peace and prosperity for Bulgaria, growth and strengthening of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church," the Russian Patriarch said.
Kirill arrived in Sofia with a six-member delegation on a private plane. He was welcomed by the Bishop of Vidin Dometian, the Bishop of Varna and Veliki Preslav Kiril, the Bishop of Stara Zagora Galaktion, and the Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Bulgaria Ilarion Alfeev.
He will also have meetings with the Bulgarian state leaders - President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, and Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva.
Russian Patriarch: Bulgarian Priests Brought Christianity to Russia.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 28, 2012, Saturday| 481 views
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Russian Patriarch Kirill have underscored the common cultural heritage of the people of Bulgaria and Russia during their meeting in Sofia Saturday.
On Saturday, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, was received by the Bulgarian state leaders, including President Plevneliev.
During his meeting with the Bulgarian President, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church stressed the fact that Bulgaria and Russia share a common religious and cultural heritage as Eastern Orthodox, Slavic nations using the Cyrillic script, which was developed in the 9th century in the First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 AD).
"The work of the holy brothers, St. Cyril and St. Methodius, laid the foundations for the cultural identity of the Bulgarian, Russian, and other Slavic nations, and the first missionaries in Russia, who brought the new Christian values, were the Bulgarian priests," the Russian Patriarch stated, apparently referring to the key role that Bulgarian clergymen in the Christianization of Kievan Rus, the first Russian state in the Middle Ages, in the 10th and 11th century.
The common history of the Bulgarian and Russian churches goes further as, between the 10th and 18th centuries a total of eight Bulgarian clergymen held top positions in the Russian Orthodox Church, such as Cyprian the Bulgarian, Bishop of Moscow in 1379-1406 AD, and Gregory Tsamblak, Bishop of Kiev in 1413-1420 AD.
Patriarch Kirill further declared that it is these cultural and spiritual ties that have survived throughout the ages, and that they motivated the heroism of the Russian soldiers in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78, in which the Russian Empire liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
Bulgaria's President Plevneliev said in turn that in the past 20 years that has been a revival of faith and Christian values in Bulgarian society and Bulgarian families, for which the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has certainly contributed.
Plevneliev and Patriarch Kirill have declared hopes for perpetuating the good traditions in the ties between the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church in order to keep strengthening Christian values.
Bulgarian President Welcomes Russian Patriarch Kirill.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 28, 2012, Saturday| 340 views
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev welcomed Saturday the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill.
The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia arrived Friday night on his first ever official visit in Bulgaria.
"Welcome on behalf of the entire Bulgarian nation. We are convinced that your visit will help boost the cultural and spiritual ties between our nations," Plevneliev told Patriarch Kirill.
The Russian Patriarch came to the Presidency together with a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church, and representatives of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for a meeting that was extensively covered by the major Russian media.
Russian Patriarch Kirill with Bulgarian President Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES
Russian Patriarch: Bulgarian PM Is Strong and Energetic.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 28, 2012, Saturday| 294 views
Russian Patriarch Kirill has praised Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for being energetic as the two met in Sofia on Saturday.
Borisov kissed the hand of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before the building of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, as he went out to welcomed him.
Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, arrived on a three-day visit to Bulgaria, his first in the capacity of Patriarch, Friday day.
"You are young, energetic, and you act with a firm hand. May God by with you," the Russian Patriarch said, as cited by Mediapool.
In accordance with the spring traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Patriarch Kirill presented Borisov with an Easter egg encrusted with jewels, while Borisov gave him a silver-coated copy of the Cherepish Gospel Book, one of the most famous hand-written gospel books in Bulgarian history created in 1612 AD.
Russian Patriarch Kirill and Bulgarian PM Borisov pose with Borisov's present for the patriarch - a copy of the silver-coated 1612 Cherepish Gospel Book. Photo by BGNES
Thousands of Bulgarians Meet Russian Patriarch in Plovdiv.
PLOVDIV, April 28 (RIA Novosti)
Thousands of people met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the center of Bulgaria’s second largest city of Plovdiv, chanting “Russia” and accompanying clerics in their procession with church banners.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who arrived in Bulgaria on a visit on Friday, earlier on Saturday met with President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Prior to arriving in the center of the southern Bulgarian city, the Russian patriarch visited monuments to honor the memory of Russian warriors who fell in the battle for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and World War II.
The procession ended near the St. Marina Cathedral, where Patriarch Kirill was met by 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, who came to the city from Sofia for a joint prayer with the head of the sister church, as well as by Metropolitan Nicholas of Plovdiv and top city administration officials.
The patriarch wished those who gathered that God show mercy to Plovdiv and its residents, and presented an icon of Our Lady of the Sign to the St. Marina Cathedral.
In a speech in front of the war monuments earlier in the day, the Russian patriarch urged people to retain the idea of sacrifice in modern society, which, he said, is being ousted by “consumption psychology.”
“We are at a place where you ask yourself what huge importance sacrifice has in a person’s life. If people did not sacrifice, there would have been no great achievements or victories,” the Russian Church leader said.
“We bow our heads in memory of the heroes who sacrificed themselves for the sake of other people,” Patriarch Kirill told hundreds of locals and journalists near the Plovdiv war monuments.
Bulgarian and Russian orthodox churches can play role of a bridge between the two nations: Russian Patriarch.
Our two churches are brotherly churches, with very close historical, cultural and spiritual bonds, which date back into the past, Patriarch Kirill of Russia and All Moscow said in an interview with Bulgarian television TV7 ahead of his visit to Bulgaria between 27 and 29 April.
Our two churches are brotherly churches, with very close historical, cultural and spiritual bonds, which date back into the past, Patriarch Kirill of Russia and All Moscow said in an interview with Bulgarian television TV7 ahead of his visit to Bulgaria between 27 and 29 April.
“We often meet with messengers of the Bulgarian church, representatives of ours go to Bulgaria. We exchange students. Together we ponder over orthodox unity issues, multiple challenges the orthodox world faces,” said Patriarch Kirill.
The Russian patriarch has chosen Bulgaria as his first Balkan destination. He added that his personal memories from his meeting with Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria make the upcoming visit special.
Patriarch Kirill expressed his certainty that the Bulgarian and Russian orthodox churches can play a role of a bridge between the two nations so that they could find their place in the globalized world.
“I am sure that not a single politician, if their logic and historical memory are in order, can ignore the fact that we are nations with one and the same faith, that we have shared events in our heroic history which cannot be crossed out or forgotten. I am absolutely certain that they should be used so that we could further develop the new relations on strong historical foundations. I am absolutely certain that it will happen in this way,” noted Patriarch Kirill.
Russian Patriarch Kirill Serves Sunday Mass in Bulgaria.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 29, 2012, Sunday| 143 views
Russian Patriarch Kirill, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria, is serving Sunday together with Bulgarian counterpart Patriarch Maxim as solemn mass at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in capital Sofia.
The Bulgarian patriarchical cathedral, named after the 13th century Russian prince-saint, is thronged by hundreds of ordinary Bulgarians and high-ranking guests.
Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, is on the last day of his 3-day visit to Bulgaria, during which his delegation met not only with Bulgaria's senior clergy, but also with Bulgaria's political leaders, President Rosen Plevneliev and PM Boyko Borisov.
At the holy mass Sunday, guests such as Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria Yuriy Isakov, ex-President Georgi Parvanov, and ex-PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg are present.
After the service at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, at 12.30 pm EET Patriarch Kirill will hold a prayer at the Russian church of St. Nicholas in Sofia.
Kirill - Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. File photo
Patriarch Kirill Atends Prayer at Sofia Russian Church.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 29, 2012, Sunday| 403 views
Russian Patriarch Kirill (L) and Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim (R) at the solemn Sunday mass in Sofia's St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. BGNES
Russian Patriarch Kirill, who is presiding a large ecumenical delegation to Bulgaria, attended Sunday a solemn prayer at Sofia's Russian church of St. Nicholas.
A large crowd of Bulgarians, Russians residing in Bulgaria and Bulgarians of Russian origin was assembled in and around the Russian church to welcome Kirill.
Prior to that, the Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia had presided together with his Bulgarian counterpart, Patriarch Maxim, over a solemn mass held in Sofia's St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
The prayer in Sofia's Russian church will be the last event in Patriarch Kirill's high-profile 3-day visit to Bulgaria.
Sunday Kirill expressed his deep respect for his Bulgarian counterpart Maxim, singling him out, being aged 97, as the oldest Christian Orthodox patriarch.
"I want to express my deep love and gratitute to the Bulgarian Patriarch, who has been a recognized spiritual leader of his people for all these years," said Kirill.
Many official guests were also present at the chruch services held in honor of the high Russian ecumenical delegation.
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2012 13:47:13 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
A topless activist from confrontational group FEMEN has attacked Russian Patriarch Kirill during his visit to Ukraine.
Yana Zhdanova ran up to Patriarch Kirill screaming "Get out" and tried to block his way as he was reportedly walking towards the press at Kiev Airport.
The FEMEN member had “Kill Kirill” painted on her back and was protesting against “anti-state activities of the patriarch” and the arrest of anti-Putin activists, the FEMEN’s online Livejournal blog explains.
“Regrettably, people are trying to stain the Patriarch’s visit to Ukraine through these stunts,” the head of the patriarch’s press service, Deacon Alexander Volkov, said, adding that such incidents are not new and signal “a deep spiritual crisis in some social circles.”
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Kiev on Thursday at the start of a three-day visit to Ukraine dedicated to the Baptism of Rus Day, a holiday shared by both Russians and Ukrainians.
The FEMEN movement of female Ukrainian protestors has a flair for topless stunts. Some of their recent activities included "Strip it" protest against Euro 2012, a topless protest in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square and naked demonstrations for "freedom" in Ukraine.
Bomb Threat Interrupts 'Pussy Riot' Trial in Russia.
Novinite.com World | August 2, 2012, Thursday| 816 views
The trial of punk group Pussy Riot at Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court was delayed after the courtroom was temporarily evacuated on Thursday following a bomb threat, the group's defense lawyer Mark Feigin said.
"An anonymous phone call was made, saying there was a bomb in the courtroom," he said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
"The caller said there was a bomb in the room and shouted 'Free Pussy Riot!'" court press secretary Daria Lyakh said. The court room was searched, no bomb was found and the trial resumed.
Earlier one of the defendants, Maria Alekhina, called for the fourth time in as many days for Judge Marina Sirovaya to be replaced, claiming she had not allowed the defendants sufficient time to prepare their defense.
"The judge's prejudiced attitude is manifested in her unwillingness to create favorable conditions for the full participation on the defendants in the trial – the refusal to give them time to get acquainted with the documentary evidence, to rest and to prepare for the process," she said.
The prosecution opposed the appeal for the judge to be dismissed, claiming it was merely a stalling tactic to draw out the trial.
The Russian girls' punk group is on trial after five masked members of Pussy Riot performed a protest song entitled "Holy Sh*t" at Christ the Savior Cathedral's altar in downtown Moscow on February 21. The lyrics included lines such as "Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, chase Putin out!"
Pussy Riot said the performance was a response to Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill's backing of President-elect Vladimir Putin in the run-up to his landslide March 4 election victory. The patriarch called the 12 years of Putin's rule a "miracle of God" in a televised meeting.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained in early and mid-March. All the three women admit being part of the Pussy Riot collective, but deny taking part in the cathedral performance. Both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have small children.
Amnesty International recognized the suspects of prisoners of conscience earlier this month, and a number of public and Orthodox Church figures have called for their release.
Last Edit: Aug 3, 2012 12:55:54 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
but I think that if the girls had desecrated something in Israel… they would not have left that country that easily,” Putin told journalists prior to his departure from London.
Three Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich,
Putin Blasts Pussy Riot but Calls for “Milder” Punishment.
22:41 02/08/2012 LONDON, August 2 (RIA Novosti)
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized the Pussy Riot punk band for their performance in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral but said the punishment for them should not be “too harsh.”
“There is nothing good in it [the performance], I would not like to comment on it, but I think that if the girls had desecrated something in Israel… they would not have left that country that easily,” Putin told journalists prior to his departure from London.
Three Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, all aged between 20 and 30 - are on trial in Moscow over their performance of a “punk prayer,” calling for then-Prime Minister Putin to quit. The performance contained insults to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, as well as blasphemous words, which insulted believers.
The young women face up to seven years if convicted on hooliganism charges in the case that split Russian society with some saying the punishment should be harsh and others saying the women only committed an ethical wrongdoing, which should not punished by prison terms. The three women have been in jail since February, when the performance took place. They say their song was against what they called church support for Putin’s presidential election campaign.
“Or if they had gone to the Caucasus, desecrated a Muslim sacred thing, we would have even been unable to take them into custody,” Putin went on.
“Still, I do not think they should be judged that harshly for that,” the president said.
“I hope they will make certain conclusions themselves. Nevertheless, it is up to the court to make the final ruling,” he said.
Putin, who was in London on a one-day visit for talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron and judo competitions, said he hopes the court will make “the right decision.”
The Russian leader said he and Cameron had not discussed the issue at their Thursday meeting.
Prior to Putin’s visit to London, British newspapers called on Putin to free “political prisoners,” including the punk band members. The addresses were signed by British officials and cultural figures.
Members of Pussy Riot, whose “punk prayer” took place next to the Christ the Savior Cathedral’s main altar, which is off-limits to all but priests, have called their performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral an “ethical mistake,” but pleaded not guilty to charges of hooliganism.
The prosecution has demanded Russian punk band Pussy Riot be given three years in a minimum security prison for their “punk prayer” inside Moscow’s main cathedral. The trio stands accused of hooliganism, which carries a sentence of up to seven years.
The aggrieved parties who witnessed Pussy Riot’s scandalous concert at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral have agreed with the prosecution.
“In spite of the efforts taken to remove [Pussy Riot] from the sacred areas of the Cathedral, the defendants waved their arms and legs and ran across the…pulpit. They seriously violated public order,” said the prosecutor.
He added that they behaved in such a disrespectful way that they caused offense to believers.
"Blasphemy is the gravest ethical crime. This is a provocation aimed at besmirching the clerical doctrine," said the prosecutor adding this proved the Pussy Riot's actions had been driven by religious hatred and could be classified as "malicious hooliganism".
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich are accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their concert on February 21. The three women maintain their “punk prayer” was not driven by religious hatred and say they were making a political statement.
The prosecutor disputed these claims, saying that no politicians’ names were mentioned in the main body of the song. He stressed that Putin’s name was mentioned in the chorus merely to give the song some political spin.
“The lyrics ‘Virgin Mary redeem us of Putin!’ broke from the context of the song. The President’s surname was only used to make the act appear politically motivated,” said the prosecutor. ‘Dancing on graves’
The lawyer for the aggrieved Elena Pavlova said that witnesses of Pussy Riot’s act were bitterly offended by the group’s parody of orthodox rites.
Harking back to the War of 1812, in honor of which the Cathedral was constructed, Pavlova described the monstrous act as a “mockery” of the building’s role in commemorating the past.
“They [Pussy Riot] danced on graves,” said Pavlova.
The aggrieved parties’ lawyer also said that the educational institutions at which Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina studied should put measures in place to prevent their students from committing such crimes.
Pussy Riot’s lawyer Violetta Volkova condemned the prosecution’s rhetoric as “embarrassing.” Volkova went on to stress that it felt like they weren’t in the 20th century, but in the story “Alice in Wonderland”.
Volkova pledged she will take her clients’ case to the European Court of Human Rights because the court is not dealing with the case fairly.
“We weren’t given one opportunity to speak with the defendants. They’re empty words, it’s a lie that we’re allowed to consult each other during the court proceedings. The state prosecution has done everything possible to deprive us of our rights,” Volkova said.
In reponse to earlier accusations of blasphemy, another lawyer for the defense pointed out that Russia’s constitution separates the church from the state and there is no reference for blasphemy in the Criminal Code.
“Why is Russia not a theocratic state? If the Constitution admitted God exists, we would understand the church norms penetrating the Criminal Code,” Pussy Riot’s lawyer Mark Feigin said. “I am also a religious person and have been insulted by their act. But this is not an offence which can be called criminal.”
The court proceedings have been accompanied by protests and calls for authorities to free Pussy Riot. On Friday three protesters had to be forcibly removed from the courthouse, after climbing on to the building’s scaffolding.
The Pussy Riot trial has sparked a media frenzy in Russia as well as the rest of the world, dividing society over what punishment the women should receive, if any.
The group’s concert provoked furor amongst Orthodox believers, who have condemned it as blasphemy and demand a severe punishment.
Equally, the Pussy Riot case has gathered support among high-profile public figures, who have been pushing for authorities to free the women.
The trial itself has been dogged by controversy amid numerous calls from Pussy Riot’s lawyer to recuse the judge on the basis that she is biased. The group’s lawyer also alleged the way her clients had been treated during the trial was akin to torture, claiming they were not given adequate breaks to eat and rest.
The three defendants maintain they are not guilty of the charges set against them, but have conceded that they made an “ethical mistake.”
Last Edit: Aug 7, 2012 14:33:48 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Russian Official Dubs Madonna ‘Wh***’ Over Pussy Riot Support.
11:50 09/08/2012 MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)
Russia’s former UN envoy has hit out at U.S. pop star Madonna over her backing of imprisoned anti-Putin punk rockers Pussy Riot.
“Every ex-wh*** tends to lecture. Especially during tours and concerts,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote in his Twitter blog.
Madonna wore the group’s trademark balaclava and stripped to her bra to reveal the words “Pussy Riot” during a concert in Moscow on Tuesday.
"I mean no disrespect to the church or the government, but I think that these three girls -- Masha, Katya, Nadya -- have done something courageous, have paid the price for their act, and I pray for their freedom,” the veteran pop diva told the audience.
Prosecutors asked this week for three years for three members of the Pussy Riot group, who were detained after performing a protest song calling on the Virgin Mary to “drive Putin out” in Moscow’s largest cathedral in February. The ten-day trial ended on Wednesday and the verdict will be announced on August 17.
Madonna is just one of a growing number of cultural figures, both Russian and Western, to have called for Pussy Riot to be freed.
Madonna was also called a "foreign whore" by prominent Russian Orthodox Church theologian, Archdeacon Andrei Kurayev, in 2008 ahead of a concert in Moscow.
Kurayev defended the use of the word by saying it comes from Church Slavonic and is often used in liturgical texts. "The primary meaning of the word is 'to err,'” he said.
Madonna is due to give a concert on Thursday evening in St. Petersburg. She has pledged to speak out against a ban on so-called “gay propaganda” imposed by the city’s authorities during the gig.
A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in a medium-security prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity.
The six months the girls have spent in pre-trial custody will count as time served.
The Judge said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich showed flagrant disregard for church parishioners and the fundamentals of the Orthodox faith.
"The Court considers that social justice and prevention of further possible crimes can only be achieved by restricting the defendants' freedom and real imprisonment," Judge Syrova said.
“By their actions, Samutsevich, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina seriously disrupted public order and the day-to-day running of the Cathedral. They showed blatant disrespect to church-goers and workers, and in doing so gravely offended their religious sensibilities,” Judge Syrova stated announcing the verdict.
The audience met the sentence with sporadic shouts "Shame on the Court!"
It took the court just over three hours to read the whole verdict. Judge Syrova concluded that Pussy Riot’s "punk prayer" inflicted major “pain” and hurt the feelings of Orthodox believers, adding they also “disrupted the work of the Cathedral” since, beside their performance, they also “refused to leave.”
Syrova said the motives of religious hatred could be proven by the fact that Pussy Riot targeted Russia’s sizable Orthodox community, choosing a major cathedral for their performance. The group's feminist beliefs are not compatible with church norms, the Judge pointed out adding that the Russian Constitution provides that different groups and cultures should treat each other with respect.
Still, the court took into account that Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have small children, that all the three girls have no previous criminal records and received favorable reports from their employer and university.
Short bright dresses, loud singing, dancing – which are traditionally prohibited in Orthodox churches – as well as the “blasphemous lyrics” insulted preachers, Syrova said, asserting that the group had anticipated such a reaction.
The defense team has ten days to appeal the verdict, but conflicting reports say they may choose not to do it and apply to other institutions instead as the European Court of Human Rights. A medium-security prison may pose great risks to the health and security of any of the three girls, Mark Feigin told journalists after the trial.
"The sentence was absolutely illegal. Victims and some witnesses were reported to give evidence they never gave," said Feigin. "This was a mock proceeding and the sentence crowns it."
Some 100 foreign journalists, including those from countries likes Japan and Australia, gathered at Khamovnichesky Court on Friday. As the trial finished, over 60 people got arrested over a spontaneous protest, Itar-Tass reported.
The trial has sharply divided Russian society, with many debating punishment for the group over the infamous "punk prayer" they performed in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Prosecutors have been demanding that the three women be sentenced to three years in prison, while the defense hoped for their acquittal.
The infamous case has sparked international interest for the last few months, with high-profile figures both condemning the three women and offering their support. Many branded the trial as politically motivated.
'There is no court. It is an illusion'
The three suspects – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich – have maintained their innocence in charges of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' during the final testimonies in court.
Tolokonnikova said that she did not regret her actions:
“No, of course not. We’re happy that we unexpectedly became the epicenter of such a large political event in which so many different forces are in play,” she told Russian news magazine Novaya Gazeta.
“I don’t believe in the court’s decision at all… There is no court. It is an illusion.”
“The whole world is saying that we are not guilty. They talk about it at concerts, on the internet, in the press and in parliament. The whole world is saying ‘they’re not guilty!’" said Ekaterina Samutsevich.
The trial “embodied a travesty of justice” based on an “absurd act that has snowballed into an enormous catastrophe,” Maria Alyokhina said.
The politically-charged “punk prayer” was not a personal attack on Putin, but on the political system he created, she said.
Tolokonnikova argued that the prosecution was trampling on the fundamentals of Christianity: “It was not in vain that when Christ was among the prostitutes, he said that those who falter should be helped, I do not see this in our trial.”
The punk trio decried Judge Marina Syrova as biased, and demanded her recusal from the case several times, requests that were swiftly denied by the judge.
Syrova was taken under state protection after receiving a barrage of threats following Pussy Riot's final testimonies in court last Wednesday.
The case went to court on June 20 after several months of delays, prompting complaints from both the defendants and the prosecution. The judicial process has been the target of frequent criticism, avidly followed by Western media.
The three band members went on hunger strike in protest of the short amount of time they were given to study their case. They also accused the judge of torturing them, claiming they were not granted sufficient time to eat and sleep during the trial.
The three women were taken into custody in February for the performance of the profanity-laden prayer, 'Mother of God, drive Putin away' in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow’s main Orthodox church. Those who witnessed the prayer said the women had offended their religious sensibilities, though the women argued that was never their intention.
Case divides Russia, as world pop stars back Pussy Riot
The case has apparently divided Russian society into those who think Pussy Riot’s actions deserve to be punished harshly, and those who think there was no criminal intent. A July poll conducted by Levada Center, a prominent Russian polling agency, showed that 58 per cent of Russians believed that the punishment demanded by the prosecution was too harsh, while only 33 per cent agreed that it was adequate. Earlier figures in March and April showed that the number of people thinking that imprisonment was the right way to punish the trio was much higher at that time.
Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and the Moscow-Helsinki Group rallied behind the women, saying they were victims of political persecution. Several Russian artists and intellectuals signed a petition calling for them to be released on bail and for their criminal charges to be replaced with administrative ones.
As the trial went ahead, international superstars such as Paul McCartney, Madonna, Sting, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and a handful of other legendary pop and rock artists and ensembles voiced support for Pussy Riot.
The public in Russia and throughout the world also staged rallies to back the women on trial. Many protesters wore balaclavas and garb similar those worn by Pussy Riot. Some went as far as to sew their mouths shut, and to stage a fake crucifixion.
The Pussy Riot trial was even a topic for discussion in Vladimir Putin’s meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Putin said he hoped the court would reach a “right and reasonable” verdict in the case, but noted that the girls should not be judged “too harshly.”
Look at their reaction! They are smirking, they should be in a mental institution, those deranged perverted pieces of shit!
aaaahhahahaHAHAHAHA!!! What a joke this man has become! ;D
Russian Opposition Leader Kasparov 'Bites Police Officer'
19:30 17/08/2012 MOSCOW, August 17 (RIA Novosti)
Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov bit a police officer while being detained outside a Moscow court, where the verdict in the trial of the Pussy Riot group members was being announced on Friday, police said.
A former world chess champion and outspoken Kremlin critic, Kasparov was among some 300 people who gathered outside the Khamovnichesky Court in central Moscow on Friday afternoon to protest against the controversial trial, in which three female Pussy Riot members have been sentenced to two years in a general security penal colony for staging an anti-Kremlin “punk prayer” in a central Moscow cathedral in February.
Riot police deployed outside the court detained at least 30 people, including Kasparov, who co-chairs the All-Russian Civil Congress opposition movement, and Left Front movement leader Sergei Udaltsov.
“I don’t understand why I was detained,” Russian media quoted Kasparov as saying.
He said he was giving an interview when police officers approached him. He also said people dressed in riot police uniforms had “brutally beaten” him after pushing him into a paddy wagon. His claim could not be independently verified.
The police spokesman said the police officer had his index finger and arm bitten by Kasparov and had to seek medical attention. The incident is being investigated, the spokesman said.
Kasparov dismissed the allegation of having bitten the police officer.
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Two churches in the Russian Far East have been desecrated, with Satanist symbols inscribed on their facades.
The overnight incident has happened in the city of Yuzhnosakhalinsk on the Far East island of Sakhalin.
Local police have started an investigation and are searching for the unknown perpetrators, reports RIA Novosti.
Friday a court in Moscow sentenced punk band Pussy Riot to 2 years in jail for insulting religion and disturbing public order by breaking into a main cathedral and performing a song that turned out to be directed against President Vladimir Putin.
The infamous performance of punk band Pussy Riot at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow made the three girls world-famous stars. Many music stars of global scale expressed their sympathies and support for them. They were all appalled with the news about the court sentence for the members of the band. Pop singer Madonna assumed responsibilities of a lawyer and an official spokeswoman for the Russian punk band at the same time, encouraging her colleagues in show business to protest.
U.S. President Barack Obama could not resist the temptation to criticize the Russian Themis either. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration was "disappointed by the verdict, including the disproportionate sentences that were granted. While we understand the group's behavior was offensive to some, we have serious concerns about the way that these young women have been treated by the Russian judicial system."
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also pointed out "the negative effects" that the Pussy Riot case showed on the freedom of expression in Russia. She urged the Russian authorities to reconsider the case and "ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld."
Certainly, it may seem from outside that two years in prison for the girls is really too strict a punishment. One should bear in mind the fact that all that the general public knows about Pussy Riot is the fact that the girl sang a song against Putin at the temple, after which Putin decided to take revenge on them cruelly.
On the other hand, the court has treated the hooligans gently enough. The term that the girls will have to serve is shorter than prosecutors and the law demanded. However, the supporters of Pussy Riot pay little attention to the legal details of the case (as well as to the details of how the performance was conducted). They focus primarily on the personalities of the "victims," calling them smart, talented, beautiful, sexy and so on. They say nothing about the creative way and the legacy of the band. The legacy is just as bright and "heroic" as the act at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
In addition to their interest in music (although, even die-hard fans of punk can only wince at the music that Pussy Riot played), the girls were members of the so-called art group Voina, which translates into English as 'war'. The "art" of the art group was also quite original.
Voina became famous for staging a porn orgy in the Biological Museum in Moscow in broad daylight. Stark naked, the members of the group began to copulate right in front of astonished visitors. The "artists" did not stop their action in spite of the fact that there were small children watching them.
As part of another "performance," the members of the group spray-painted the graphic image of male genitals on one of the bascule bridges in St. Petersburg. The white-paint image, 65 by 27 meters in size, shocked a lot more people, including tourists.
Another act helped the would-be Pussy Riot choose the name and the concept for the music collective. At that time, Voina members, with a small child among them, decided to take a creative approach to the issue of shoplifting poultry from supermarkets. A female member of the group buried a frozen chicken in her crotch, and then left the store to the cheering of her comrades. The latter were holding posters with abusive words, smeared with human excrement. The action led to the appearance of the expression designating the uprising of female genitals against the established rules of conduct.
We would like to know whether the U.S. ambassador to Russia informed the U.S. President about the scandalous and pedophilic acts, in which the three girls participated. Or did he just turn a blind eye on it, having made the U.S. President say obscene words in public?
This is not the complete list of the acts committed by those "innocent" and "talented" girls from Pussy Riot. The above is enough to ask President Obama whether acts of sexual perversion in children's presence are considered traditional American values, which Mr. President offers to accept as an example to follow? Do the members of the US administration believe that such public acts can be referred to as freedom of expression? How would they react if someone decides to repeat any of the above-mentioned acts in an American church out of solidarity with members of the Russian punk band?
Pussy riot is a feminist wing of a neo-bolshevik group “Vojna” aka “War”. Their activity is centered against a church and law-enforcement.
Another their acts are “Dick in the ass” punk performance in a courtroom, “mentopop” performance which was about robbing a supermarket wearing a mix of police uniform and a priest’s dress, burnind down one and turning upside down another police vehicle, a series of sexual assaults on police women in subways etc.
You can see all these faces.. “Mordovian hour” performance on May, 1 2008 (throwing stray cats into McDonald’s kitchen to feed animals with decadent food and make low-paid workforce celebrate Labor day as they claim it): plucer.livejournal.com/199615.html
Spraying urine on police officers and playing outrage over “illegal” arrest. Pay attention to babies these vermins always hang with them to make police soft on them: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B_mDPtz9t4
I’m not including public orgies, sex with a frozen chicken in store etc.....
These people aren’t a freedom fighters. They are agents of NWO seeking to attack moral authorities within targeted societies. For this patricular group it is church and law-enforcement which are institutions existing to counter sin and fight evil.
That is exactly how Bolsheviks attacked Czarist regime at the time. I’m far from idea that Czarist regime was alright but we all know how has it finished. Hitler has grown into dictator using this same kind of people and tactics.
Vojna did a lot of things worth a jail term previously but it hadn’t too much public attention. I think Russian authorities haven’t jailed them before in order not to make them to much PR on liberal media as for a kind of martyrs.
This last act was simply too much outrageous. People started to research on this group and it was really possible if some idiots could start to follow this example in more violent manner driven with an idea of getting away with it.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 20, 2012 13:25:09 GMT -5
Getting out of hand, the church isn't a pedestal for every lunatic to take over n shout down the congregation. It has a selected purpose only, go express your opinions elsewhere! The property belongs to the church, thus they get to decide what to do with it. This anarchist bullshit needs to stop!
At the same time it's ironic that it spreads to the west where they show they don't tolerate such stunts n yet they whine to Russia for doing the same!
Pussy Riot copycats booted from German cathedral (VIDEO)
RT.com 20 August, 2012, 19:00
Four people stormed Germany’s Cologne Cathedral during services, wearing balaclavas and carrying signs showing solidarity with the jailed members of Pussy Riot. They were swiftly ejected from the premises.
Three men and one woman – all in their twenties – were colorfully dressed, shouted slogans, sang and carried a banner demanding, “Free Pussy Riot and all prisoners”.
Video of the incident posted on YouTube by one of the protesters shows cathedral officials quickly and brutally forcing the activists out of the service, knocking over stands along the way. Undaunted, the group continued their protest outside the cathedral. Police present said that the protesters did not resist arrest, and were later charged with disturbing the peace and disrupting a religious service.
According to German media reports, Cologne Cathedral Bishop Heiner Koch, who was leading the service, quietly observed the protest by the altar. After activists were removed, he asked his congregation to pray for Pussy Riot, and for the Russian people in general.
It wasn’t the first time that demonstrators outside of Russia had copycatted Pussy Riot.
A week ago in Vienna, Austria, two men in bright balaclavas and small dresses went to the pulpit of a church and were photographed holding a banner reading "God loves Pussy Riot." Another group of Pussy Riot supporters in Helsinki attempted to enter a cathedral, but were blocked and forced to perform outside.
Protests have taken place around the world in support of the Russian punk band, including countries such as the UK, US, Brazil, Australia, France, Finland, Austria and Iceland. On the day of the group’s sentencing, demonstrators gathered in the streets wearing Pussy Riot-like outfits, carrying signs and shouting slogans in solidarity with the group.
A topless activist from Ukraine’s infamous FEMEN protest group committed what was arguably the most outsized act of any Pussy Riot supporter: Using a chainsaw to cut down a cross in Kiev. Ukrainian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the stunt on charges of hooliganism.
The cross felled by the FEMEN activist turned out to be Catholic, not Orthodox as she had apparently believed.
Three members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for staging a ‘punk prayer’ in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The case was believed by many to be politically motivated, and sparked worldwide criticism and protest.
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Russian Orthodox to Form Party.
18:15 23/08/2012 MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti)
Autocratic Russia and the Union of Orthodox Citizens are planning to register an “Orthodox” political party, Izvestia daily reported on Thursday.
The organization’s founders said they see Russia as a monarchy with a special role for the Russian Orthodox Church and the patriarch of Moscow and all Russia as the country’s spiritual leader.
“We are registering a party that will struggle for the revitalization of Russia and our country’s traditions that were lost after the criminal Bolshevik coup,” Autocratic Russia leader Dmitry Merkulov said.
“We want the [Orthodox] Church to enhance its role in the life of our state,” he said, adding that the Russian Orthodox Church was key to the existence of a Russian Orthodox state.
Russia needs to reunify with its canonical territories, first and foremost with Belarus and Ukraine, and elect an Orthodox monarch to lead the country to its former greatness, he said.
The new party will work to reinstate religious instruction in schools and emphasize traditional spiritual, moral and cultural values.
Valentin Lebedev, head of the Union of Orthodox Citizens, said the Russian Orthodox Church is currently under fierce attack because it is “the last pillar of Russian statehood, traditions and culture.”
As of late the Russian Orthodox Church has come in for unprecedented criticism both at home and abroad over the punk group Pussy Riot case.
Three punk group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were sentenced on August 17 to two years in prison over a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s largest cathedral in a trial that attracted both mass media attention and sharp international criticism.
An edited clip of Pussy Riot’s protest posted online showed the group alternately high-kicking and crossing themselves at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, the accompanying “Holy S**t” song urging the Virgin Mary to “drive out” President Vladimir Putin and railing against the powerful Orthodox Church’s pre-election support for the former KGB officer.
Its critics claim the church has effectively merged with the state and it has faced a wave of criticism from what it has called supporters of “radical liberal values.”
On April 22 the ROC conducted a “defense of the faith” nationwide prayer to protect it from attacks by “anti-Russian forces.” The Church’s Supreme Council said it had been targeted by “those pushing through radical liberal values” over its opposition to same-sex marriages and consumerism.
Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill was condemned by opposition figures for his public backing of Vladimir Putin in the run-up to the ex-KGB officer’s landslide victory at March 4 presidential polls. The patriarch called the 12 years of Putin's rule a "miracle of God" in a televised meeting.
Top Church officials have also been criticized by bloggers and by opposition media for their “lavish” lifestyles. The anti-Putin Novaya Gazeta newspaper also alleged in February a pre-patriarch-era Kirill profited from Church tobacco and alcohol sales in the early 1990s.
Patriarch Kirill was also at the center of a scandal earlier this year regarding a $30,000 Breguet watch, which was airbrushed – although its reflection remained intact – out of an official Church photo following public indignation over his possession of the luxury timepiece. The patriarch had admitted owning the watch in an interview prior to the row, but said he never wore it.
Crosses chopped down: 'Anti-church hysteria' spreads across Russia.
RT.com 26 August, 2012, 00:21
Four Orthodox Christian crosses have been chopped down in different parts of Russia. The incidents come after the Femen movement attacked a cross in Kiev to protest the sentence of the punk band Pussy Riot, who received two years in prison.
Three crosses have been taken down in the Urals’ Chelyabinsk Region, and one in the Archangelsk Region, northern Russia.
By the time police arrived at the scenes the vandals had already left. Authorities have launched an investigation into both cases.
The Arkhangelsk cross was erected in the memory of the victims of political repressions, said a local priest, Hegumen Feodosy.
He also said that in recent years the monastery, situated across the street from the cross, has seen two arson attacks and a number of other acts of vandalism.
“This comes in the context of all these incidents in recent months across the country, all this anti-church hysteria waged against our diocese, against the church authority, against everything sacred,” Hegumen Feodosy said.
Russian Human Rights Ombudsman has also strongly condemned the acts of vandalism.
"Just like all normal people, I’m outraged by the ludicrous acts of these individuals. I would hope to see these low-lifes voluntarily come in and explain the motives behind their outrageous actions,” Vladimir Lukin has told Interfax news agency. “Deliberate destruction of Christian or any other religious shrines is a bacchanalia of hatred and brutality.”
The two incidents follow a similar case when the leader of the Ukrainian activist group Femen took down a cross in Kiev using a chainsaw. The act, which was filmed and photographed, later received wide circulation on the Web.
In a statement Femen declared that the cross was taken down in solidarity with the members of punk band Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years in jail for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
2 women stabbed, 'Free Pussy Riot' scrawled in blood at murder scene (VIDEO)
RT.com 30 August, 2012, 14:16
Two women were stabbed to death in a gruesome killing in Russia's Kazan, and ‘Free! Pussy Riot’ [sic] was painted on the wall in what police believe was the victims’ blood.
An elderly woman, Farida Zaripova, 76, and her daughter, Liliya Zaripova, 38, were murdered in their apartment in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. The victims’ bodies were discovered by their neighbors on Wednesday evening, though the women were most likely killed between August 24 and 26, investigators said. The women’s bodies “have been mutilated beyond recognition” by multiple stab wounds, Interfax cited a police source as saying.
“They’ve been killed very cruelly: the murderer stabbed each of them at least eight to ten times,” RIC spokesperson Andrey Sheptitskiy told Izvestia daily. “This has astounded our experts. We never saw anything like this before, it’s right out of a horror movie.”
A slogan (see the above photo) was painted on the kitchen wall with what is alleged to be the victims’ blood. The Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) said the composition of the substance had not yet been confirmed. Detectives and forensic experts are currently combing the crime scene, and police have launched a criminal investigation into the killings.
Investigators say the motive behind the killings may be difficult to determine, which they speculate was connected to a robbery. It is highly unlikely the killings were committed by supporters of the punk band, though police will investigate any possible complicity in the double murder, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.
The two women lived together, with the older woman mostly staying at home while her daughter worked at a grocery store nearby, Life News quoted neighbors as saying. Farida was cautious, and never opened the door for anyone she didn’t know, they said. Liliya also tried not to leave her mother alone for extended periods of time, since Farida was grieving the loss of her husband and son. The son died in a car crash several years ago, and the husband lost his life to cancer.
Nikolay Polozov, defense attorney for the convicted members of Pussy Riot, called the killings an “abominable and dirty provocation. … I regret that some bastards use Pussy Riot name for such goals,” he told Interfax on Thursday.
Three members of the protest collective were each sentenced to two years in jail for performing a ‘punk prayer’ against President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in February.
Protests in support of Pussy Riot cropped up around the world in the wake of the August 17 verdict. The leader of Ukrainian activist group FEMEN used a chainsaw to cut down a cross in Kiev; four people wearing masks and carrying signs with pro-Pussy Riot slogans stormed Germany’s Cologne Cathedral and disturbed a service; four Orthodox Christian crosses were chopped down in different parts of Russia; and several statues in Moscow were “balaclavized” on the day of the verdict.
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