07 March 2012, 12:16
Putin has negative feelings about Pussy Riot performance at cathedral – spokesman
Moscow, March 7, Interfax - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has negative feelings toward the extravagant performance that the feminist punk group Pussy Riot staged recently at Christ the Savior Cathedral, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Dozhd television channel.
Asked whether Putin expressed any reaction to the incident, Peskov replied, "Negative."
Peskov said he was unaware of the contents of the song performed by the punk group. "We did not report the contents of the song to Putin," he said.
Speaking about the incident in general, Peskov said, "The matter probably implies a complex tangle of such notions as religious norms, faith, insult of believers' feelings, and so on."
"Certainly, only a court can find the truth here," he said.
At the same time, "considering that the matter involves a church, this performance cannot be called anything but horrendous," he said.
It was reported earlier that Pussy Riot performed a song near the altar at Christ the Savior Cathedral on February 21, which many believers perceived as blasphemous. The cathedral security service tried to apprehend the girls, but they managed to flee. They later described their performance on Twitter as "a punk prayer."
A criminal case on disorderly conduct charges has been opened against the performers, who are now facing up to two years in prison.
Three members of the group were detained recently. One of the women and an activist of the Voyna (War) art group, Pyotr Verzilov, were questioned and released from police but were obliged to appear before an investigator on March 6. Two others were detained.