Pussy Riot at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Photo: AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev.

Pussy Riot. The infamous girls that have insulted the whole Christian Orthodox world and should burn in jail hell for 7 years. This is how Russian white orthodox clergy have cursed the singers of the punk rock band “Pussy Riot”, who in February 2012 sang a rock prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in central Moscow, shouting out words “My Lady, get rid of Putin!” The video leaked into the Internet and since then the band was put under custody and faced a court trial.  Today 3 Pussy Riot girls, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutcevich face charges in “huliganism”, which may end up in 7 years in jail for them.

The whole Russian nation looks at this trial as at a theater of absurd. I myself, a Russian Christian Orthodox, don’t perceive this as an insult to my faith. On the contrary, I do believe in God and I wear a cross as every baptized Russian, but I would prefer if God actually rid my country of political crooks and of those white clergymen that want people in jail for political reasons. When people ask me if I go to church I always say “no”. Russian orthodox church itself as an institution has degraded today. White clergy, i.e. secular priests headed by the Patriarch Kiril, supervise Vodka production in the country and rent out the Cathedral of Christ the Savior for banquets. In Russia, a secular state today, the Patriarch suddenly announces its support for Putin in the presidential elections. Is that Jesus’ legacy after all?

It is hard to oppose the ruling apparatus if the life of your institution depends on financial support from the Government. But when, tell me, did going against the religious principles become a norm among the God’s servants? The Bible instructs all Christians to forgive. If you find a passage where it says “put people into jail for political prayers”, let me know. Black clergymen, monk-priests, or hieromonks, and the only ones in Russian Orthodox Church that I have left respect for, said that it wasn’t necessary to sentence the band for singing at the altar. One of the monks mentioned that it would be just fine to “invite the girls for a talk with the clergy over a cup of tea.” I hope, this cup of tea won’t be served in jail.

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