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Russian Vandals Cut Orthodox Cross In Altai Krai


Law enforcement authorities in Russia's Altai Krai region say vandals have damaged a giant wooden Orthodox cross that was erected near the village of Topuchaya.

Officials in the southwestern Siberian region said on September 4 that unknown individuals knocked over the cross and damaged it with an ax overnight.

It was the latest attack targeting Orthodox symbols in the wake of a Moscow court's sentencing of three members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk collective to two years in prison last month for a performance in a cathedral that criticized President Vladimir Putin.

Following the verdict, an Orthodox cross in the Russian northwestern region of Arkhangelsk was cut down.

Before that incident, Ukrainian feminist activists cut down a cross in Kyiv in what they called a gesture of solidarity with Pussy Riot.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax
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