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Orthodox Video Game Targets Pussy Riot

A screen grab of the "Don't Let Pussy Riot Into The Cathedral" game, in which guitar-wielding women in balaclavas assault a Russian Orthodox Church and can only be fended off with a cross.
A screen grab of the "Don't Let Pussy Riot Into The Cathedral" game, in which guitar-wielding women in balaclavas assault a Russian Orthodox Church and can only be fended off with a cross.
A video game was showcased at a recent Russian Orthodox youth festival in Moscow that encourages players to "kill" members of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot.

In the game, "Don't Let Pussy Riot Into The Cathedral," players use an Orthodox cross to snuff out the balaclava-clad women before they enter a domed white church.

Throughout the game, Pussy Riot's "Punk Prayer For Putin," which some of them performed in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012, earning three of them jail terms, plays in the background.

When the Pussy Rioters enter the church in the game, they reappear atop the church with horns on. The building gradually falls into disrepair and ominous clouds gather.

A version of the game, which used the name "Inquisition," was posted online late last year.

Neither the Orthodox Church nor any representative of Pussy Riot has commented publicly on the game, which was unveiled on July 11.

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In August 2012, three members of Pussy Riot -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23; Maria Alyokhina, 25; and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30 -- were sentenced to two years in prison for performing their "Punk Prayer," in which they called on the Virgin Mary to free Russia from President Vladimir Putin.

Samutsevich was released on probation in October.

The Pussy Riot case has led to controversial legislation aimed at protecting the "religious feelings" of believers. Putin recently signed an antiblasphemy law under which offenders may be sentenced to up to three years in prison and fined up to 500,000 rubles ($15,000) for offending the religious sensibilities of Russian citizens.

Aleksandr Davydkina, a representative of the youth festival where the game was unveiled, told Interfax that it is aimed at attracting young people to the church.

"There are young people who do not have a relationship [with religion] and do not wish to talk about the church," Davydkina said. "But when they see this game, we have the chance to talk to them about what is happening at the church and why it is necessary."

In August 2012, Magnus Vulp, an Estonian graphic designer, launched the video game "Angry Kremlins," in which players seek to free Pussy Riot from captivity. In that game, players hurl the heads of Russian officials like Putin and Patriarch Kirill at a cage holding members of the band.

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by: Superstitian from: Boston
July 15, 2013 20:59
Big fat prelates and a nice shiny BMW - I don't think Jesus would be welcome in that Church!
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by: Lila from: Sarajevo
July 16, 2013 11:18
The hypocrisy of the religious is not even funny anymore.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 15, 2013 23:10
The was a joke about making decisions in old USSR,
They said that religious advisory was used since Czars.
They would ask the Russian Pop, who consulted a Rabin
And they would ask a Georgian genius, hoping they'll win.
Lenin terrorized-starved Russia - sobering bloody "ugar".

They asked Stalin to advise, being in trouble - he agreed.
USSR won the WW2. They reneged with hate and greed.
Reversing CIS-restore - they went for the colonial Empire,
Killing Stalin and Parliament of Nations worse than Czars.
Still they said they suck the brain of Konstantin, if needed.

I refused, thought nominally I am helping all World at large.
Russia and invited by them Western rulers still trying barge,
Stealing some ideas and perverting them - eager plagiarize.
They also advised by Russian Pop, Pop Kirill, Putin's friend,
As pseudo-Chauvinist as the ruling elite, following the trend.

They also advised by Rabin, probably Levites Kaganoviches
Helping Varaga-Prussaka pomesh'iks turn people into serfs,
Count money - some killed for keeping some for themselves.
Forever it might be, they killed my mother, using Russia-CIA.
Putin fishing to expand borders of Russia - underwater ways.

From Finland to Black Sea they looking for a buried treasure,
Claims of Russia's inheritance of foreign lands they measure.
While Pop Kirill look-like preoccupied, to over-punish pussies,
Putin and Russia carrying "WAR OF SALAMANRAS" spooky,
Annexing Georgia and Caucasus part by part for the "rozhas".

Change to kissing-up by Ivanishvili and alike doesn't work yet.
They accuse now in swine flue a NATO laboratory in Georgia,
To repopulate and fortify Abkhazia even more for Russian net.
Are NATO planers so stupid? Are Georgians so mad Borgios?
Infect swine with swine flue, as it keeps evolving own swineo?



by: Democritus from: UK
July 16, 2013 09:07
'Love your enemies' obviously doesn't translate well in Russian,Aleksandr?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 16, 2013 13:08
VIDEO: the Russian Orthdox Church slams media report it aided Israeli airstrike on an Orthodox Church in Syria - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t53QRfCZN5Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

by: proterozoic
July 16, 2013 15:11
This game is too easy, you don't even have to do anything - the Riot chicks destroy the church all by themselves.

2/10

by: lolwut from: Athens
July 16, 2013 15:25
Is this really anti-Pussy Riot? The way the church is depicted in the game, the ridiculous over-the-top-ness of the cross-banishing, the inclusion of Pussy Riot's music...it almost looks like a pro-Pussy Riot person created it.

Maybe my own biases are making me see it that way and the portrayal of the church is supposed to be endearing (urgh) or something.
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by: John Newcomb from: Canada
July 19, 2013 01:45
Good point!! I thought about that too - this game is a subtle anti-Russian Orthodox Church project.

Look closely at that screen-grab and see fat priests and see SUV luxury cars.

There is something there that may not be just a simplistic hatred of Pussy Riot, but a subtle criticism of the Russian Orthodox Church and of Patriarch Kirill's corrupt leadership (ie, expensive Breguet watches, luxury apartments, Mercedes cars to run down pedestrians, etc).

Actually, the game should include the profit-making, American-made car wash right inside Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral - only a few metres from Pussy Riot's brief performance on the Cathedral's soleas:

http://www.fxxc.ru/rent/avtocl.php

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