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Russian Patriarch Says Punk Band 'Desecrated' Church

Yekaterina Samutsevich, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, appears in Tagansky District Court, Moscow.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, appears in Tagansky District Court, Moscow.
By RFE/RL
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill says a female punk band desecrated the Cathedral of Christ the Savior when they stormed the church and performed.  

Members of the band Pussy Riot said the action on February 4 was to protest the patriarch's support for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who won reelection as president on March 4.

Three members of the group are now under arrest for the stunt.  More than 2,000 people have signed an open letter to the patriarch, asking the clergy not press charges. 

Patriarch Kirill told Russian TV he was sickened by their protest and saddened that Russian orthodox believers would defend the band.

"Those people don't believe in the power of prayer, they believe in the power of propaganda, in the power of lies and slander, in the power of Internet and mass media, in the power of money and weapons. We believe in the power of prayer. I call on the whole Russian Orthodox Church for passionate and diligent praying for our country, for our trust, for our people, for God to forgive us our sin," Kirill said.

According to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti, several religious leaders, including Vsevolod Chaplin, the influential head of the Orthodox Church's social affairs department, have said the women should not be imprisoned.

Based on Reuters reporting
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
March 25, 2012 13:40
The real name of Cyrill is Gundyaev
In his youth he was a KGB agent on a nickname Mikhailov..
In the '90s he was involved in the smuggling of tobacco and alcohol..He is a criminal and should be arrested..
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From the point of view of religion,he is an impostor, because he can not provide proof that God allowed him to be the patriarch of Russia..
Therefore, he is a demon and should be declared as a messenger of Satan by all the world's confessions.

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
March 25, 2012 18:25
They are in good company. 2,000 years ago, a young radical overturned the tables of the money-changers in the temple and we know what happened to Him. If nothing else, this sorry incident reveals the continued close ties between the high priests and Pontius Pilate in the Russian Orthodox Church. By their fruits you shall now them.

by: emeth from: the netherlands
March 25, 2012 18:32
strange that Kirill who claims he is a christian.. does not practise what Jesus preached.

(Matthew 6:14, 15) 14 “For if YOU forgive men their trespasses, YOUR heavenly Father will also forgive YOU; 15 whereas if YOU do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will YOUR Father forgive YOUR trespasses.

(Ephesians 4:32) But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave YOU.

(Colossians 3:13) Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Even as God freely forgave YOU, so do YOU also.

(James 2:13) For the one that does not practice mercy will have [his] judgment without mercy.
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by: wiggie from: england
March 26, 2012 17:28
Precisely. Patriarch Kirill now says "his heart breaks from bitterness" when he hears Orthodox Christians call for leniency for the Pussy Riot girls. What a calloused and unchristian heart he must have.

by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
March 26, 2012 19:54
The Punks may be right or wrong hating Putin or Patriarch Cyrill. But their demeanor in the church and mocking liturgical ceremony is definitely unacceptable - they should have exercised better judgment and chosen other venues for expressing their points of view.
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by: Alexandra from: Russia
April 22, 2012 20:46
exactly! People may disagree with political vector of the country, they may be atheists, they may listen to black PR... But how can they justify elementary disrespect and primitive hooliganism? If I dance on graves & say it's my political freedom of expression what will other people feel? this sad accident did not devide Russian society, but it SHOCKED it!

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