18 April 2012
Memorial Human Rights Centre
The public protest organized by the punk group “Pussy Riot” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21 has now been at the center of public debate for almost two months. The debate is not so much over the protest itself, but rather the form it took – with an inappropriate reaction by both religious and secular authorities.
The Human Rights Center “Memorial” does not condone conducting political protests or artistic self-expression on church space, all the more so if this is conducted in ways which are alien to religious practices. Such actions must inevitably be perceived as an insult to the feelings of believers. The real motives – be they the rejection of bellicose clericalism or complaints over the words or actions of certain members of the church hierarchies – will simply not be clear to most. [Read more]