01 October 2012, 15:31
Orthodox activists call for criminal case to be opened based on orgy in Biological Museum
Moscow, October 1, Interfax - The public movement Narodny Sobor (People's Council) has again asked for a probe into the stunt carried out by the Voyna (War) art group in the Moscow Biological Museum, in which Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova took part, saying the stunt violates public order and insults public morals.
"I again demand a probe into the orgy conducted by the Voyna group in the Biological Museum on March 5, 2008 and the prosecution of its organizers and participants," Oleg Kassin, co-chairman of the movement, said in his address to Moscow Prosecutor Sergey Kudeneyev.
The text of the address was obtained by Interfax on Monday.
Kassin sent a similar request to Kudeneyev on March 5, 2008. The interior affairs of the Moscow Presnensky Interior Affairs Department of the Moscow Central Administrative District then conducted a probe and refused to open a criminal case.
On September 24, 2008, Kassin contested the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office. On October 30, 2010, the Presnenskaya Interdistrict Prosecutor's Office told him the refusal to open a criminal case on the basis of what happened in the Biological Museum had been reversed as illegal and ungrounded.
According to Kassin, the interrogations department of the interior affairs department for the Moscow Presnensky Interior Affairs Department of the Moscow Central Administrative District has opened a criminal case against the persons on the basis of Russian Criminal Code Article 242 (illegal production and turnover of pornographic materials or objects).
"I am again asking for a probe of the orgy in the Biological Museum. I still see it as an impudent and cynical act of hooliganism committed by an organized group of persons by prior arrangement using a poster with obscene words as a crime weapon. I believe the initial purpose of the action was to draw as much publicity as possible, which its participants tried to achieve by taking photos and videos and later posting the photos and videos on the Internet," Kassin said.
"Having failed to receive a timely legal evaluation, the members of the Voyna group, who had group copulation in the Biological Museum, later conducted a number of other acts of hooliganism," he says. Each of them, like the copulation in the Biological Museum, violated public order and were aimed at drawing as much public attention as possible and were widely advertised in the media," Kassin said.
According to media reports, 10 people had an orgy in the Timiryazev Biological Museum on February 29, 2008. The orgy was videotaped and photographed. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was nine months pregnant when she took part in the orgy.