2012-11-29 17:17:00

Russian Orthodox Church hails court ruling on Pussy Riot videos

Moscow, November 29, Interfax - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, has hailed the decision made by the Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court recognizing the video of the Pussy Riot "punk prayer" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior as extremist material.

"There are no grounds not to respect this court decision. Many such tests and videos have been put on the federal list of extremist materials, and the decision to put this video on this list is quite appropriate," Father Vsevolod told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.

The priest recalled that the Pussy Riot women are saying in the video that parishioners "are crawling to bow" and reiterated that "they are doing nothing of the sort." Fr. Vsevolod also said God's name in the video is said in combination with an obscene word, and the "performers" also use a different obscene word to insult the Patriarch.

"Texts that were even less insulting and hostile towards other religious groups have been recognized as extremist materials before" and therefore this decision "is well in line with the current law enforcement practice," the priest said.

"If this law is adopted, it should protect the interests of the minority and the majority, it should exercise justice and be effective in all cases when insulting and hostile words are said about a specific group of people and concepts, symbols, and persons that are important to them," Fr. Vsevolod said.