2012-04-17 14:24:00

Teens hold anti-church protest near Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Moscow, April 17, Interfax - Teenagers organized an anti-church protest near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Monday evening.

A group of teenagers holding anti-church slogans came to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Monday evening, the Synodal Information Department has reported. The protesters walked past the cathedral along the embankment under the Patriarch's Bridge and moved in the direction of the Kremlin. Six protesters were later detained by police.

"It is regrettable to learn that such a thing is possible in these holy days, when believers' hearts are filled with special, Easter joy and all worldly cares and differences should become secondary," Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the synodal information department, was quoted as saying by his press service to Interfax-Religion.

Legoyda lamented the fact that the protest was again organized by young people.

"I don't know if the protesters realized that, that openly insulting slogans about the Church said in the Easter week near the main cathedral of Russia in the Easter week make it even more painful to believers," he said.

"The protesters' motives remain to be determined," Legoyda said.