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Ukraine nationalist leader chides Pussy Riot's 'blasphemy'

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Aug. 23, 2012, 6:48 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Svoboda leader Oleh Tiahnybok
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The leader of a Ukrainian nationalist party has chided three convicted members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot for "blasphemy" and said activists from Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN had shown an "inappropriate" form of protest at the conviction by cutting down a memorial cross in the center of Kyiv.

"Being young doesn't give them the right to blaspheme," Svoboda leader Oleh Tiahnybok said during debates with students in Kyiv. "I'm a Christian. I get offended by things like that."

"Our girls [from FEMEN] used an inappropriate form of support for [Pussy Riot] by cutting down the cross," he said.

Tiahnybok said the Pussy Riot court case is an internal matter of Russia.

The three Pussy Riot musicians have been sentenced to two years in jail on "hooliganism" charges for a scandalous song in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February - a "punk prayer" in which they asked the Virgin Mary to "throw out" Vladimir Putin, who was then prime minister and running for president.

On August 17, the day the sentence was passed, FEMEN activists, using a chainsaw, took down the cross standing near the International Center for Culture and Arts (Zhovtnevy Palace). Ukrainian police qualified this as an act of "hooliganism," but no one has been arrested yet.

On August 18, activists from various opposition groups and nongovernmental organizations replaced the vandalized cross with a provisional one.

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 9:45 a.m.    

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What happens in Russian churches is blasphemous?
Cutting down a four armed crucifix memorializing those who perished under the Russians and was erected during the Orange Revolution is inappropriate?

Inappropriate is Martin Luther focused the Christians of his day toward the Czech hero and martyr, Jan Hus,about whom Taras Shevchenko wrote his poem, "The Heretic." Martin Luther declared Hus "My saint." After this Catholic Priest Jan Hus was burned at the stake for political convenience in 1415 the University of Prague declared him a martyr and saint. Slavic churches painted his image and cities erected statues to him. An Englishman, John Payne promoted the reforming ideas of Hus in preaching the values of Orthodoxy. Hus stayed a central figure well into the nineteenth century.

The Femen are hungry attention seekers using extreme contradictions, like adolescent mazhory brays. There punishment should fit their reactionary stupidity. They pulled it down make them physically replace and refurbish it, at their own expense in skin colored work cloths and flowered hardhats. The Russians girls could learn an Akothist [M. O. G. Moleban] and harmonize it a-cappella.

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AL BALA Aug. 25, 2012, 9:06 p.m.    

Last night in cut down and sawed four cross worship

According to the ROC crosses were installed at the entrances to the village in July this year. All were felled and sawn into pieces.

According to the ROC crosses were installed at the entrances to the village in July this year. All were felled and sawn into pieces.

http://tsn.ua/svit/za-nich-v-rosiyi-zrubali-i-rozpilyali-chotiri-poklinnih-hresta.html

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