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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot has made a damning closing statement at the feminist punk band’s trial.

The prosecution of the group for ‘blasphemy’ over their protest inside an Orthodox cathedral has deeply divided Russian society, as well as resulting in international condemnation from many quarters.

An uncomfortable spotlight has been shone on the close relationship between Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

Kirill has lent vocal support to Putin, while the Church has benefitted from government largesse in the form of billions of roubles for the restoration of churches.

From Olenska:

Why did Putin feel the need to exploit the Orthodox religion and its aesthetics? After all, he could have employed his own, far more secular tools of power—for example, national corporations, or his menacing police system, or his own obedient judiciary system. It may be that the tough, failed policies of Putin’s government, the incident with the submarine Kursk, the bombings of civilians in broad daylight, and other unpleasant moments in his political career forced him to ponder the fact that it was high time to resign; otherwise, the citizens of Russia would help him do this. Apparently, it was then that he felt the need for more convincing, transcendental guarantees of his long tenure at the helm. It was here that the need arose to make use of the aesthetics of the Orthodox religion, historically associated with the heyday of Imperial Russia, where power came not from earthly manifestations such as democratic elections and civil society, but from God Himself.

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