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10 August 2012                20:01 ET

The trial of the female punk rock band Pussy Riot has sharply divided liberals and conservatives in Russian society.

Three members of Pussy Riot are awaiting a verdict on their highly controversial performance of a protest song against Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral – Christ the Saviour – in March.

Many liberals who sided with the group feel the Orthodox Church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, has overplayed its hand recently.

They point to his support for President Putin and refusal to publicly pardon the protesters.

But more traditional believers say the Patriarch needs to be given a chance to revive the Church’s flagging attendance rates in a mainly Orthodox society.

Sergei Rybko understands the difficulty the Patriarch is facing.

In the Soviet Union he was a hippy, later becoming a priest who struggled against the communists’ persecution of the Orthodox Church.

Father Sergei Rybko
Father Rybko sees Pussy Riot as part of an anti-Church campaign

He is to this day a lover of rock music. He strives to convince other clergymen of the value in 1970s rock bands like Slade and Deep Purple.

He also attends rock concerts, telling crowds that freedom without God is impossible.

I assumed, since he has liberal views, he would defend the likes of Pussy Riot.

I was wrong.

“They should be given forced labour,” he quipped. “That would be a suitable punishment.

“Anyway, they are not real punk musicians. They were paid to perform.”

As we go inside the small monastery attached to Father Sergei’s church in northern Moscow it becomes clear why he has such strong feelings.

“The Church needs time to equip itself with better PR skills. The previous Patriarch [Alexei II] had to revive the Orthodox Church from scratch. Now the Church is being attacked and that is not fair.”

Conspiracy theories

Younger Orthodox Russians I spoke to, many of whom support Pussy Riot, disagree. They feel that their Patriarch is not maintaining the neutrality expected of him and is in fact legitimising the activity of the state.

Patriarch Kirill, 3 July 09 - screen grab
Russian bloggers spotted the tell-tale reflection of the Patriarch’s gold watch

“The Church connects people to God but now these two bodies – the Church and the government – are linked and it should not be like this,” says Nikolai Polozov, a committed Orthodox Christian and the lawyer acting for Pussy Riot.

And yet the Church feels someone is out there to get them. As it struggles to boost its low attendances (fewer than 10% of Russians attend church regularly), it talks of a “smear campaign” being waged against the Patriarch.

It appeared to be referring to stories printed online in recent months alleging that its leader enjoyed luxuries that contravened the vow of poverty he took when he became a monk.

One concerned a lawsuit involving a large flat belonging to him in Moscow. It ended with damages of around $500,000 (£315,000) being awarded to a woman acting on behalf of the Patriarch.

But then there was the story about a $30,000 Swiss watch that the Patriarch was photographed wearing during a religious service in Ukraine in 2009.

In one photograph journalists noted that the watch had been airbrushed out, although its reflection could still be seen on the highly polished table where he was seated.

These episodes, while embarrassing for the Patriarch, may have been intentional, says Andrei Zolotov, a member of the Church and a journalist specialising in religion. He is the editor of Russia Profile magazine.

“I certainly don’t rule out that people in the Kremlin may have decided that the Patriarch has too much weight and may want to put him in his place,” he says.

Influencing politicians

I decided to put some of these points to senior bishops in the Church.

Metropolitan Hillarion heads the external relations department at the Moscow Patriarchate.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, in detention
The authorities’ treatment of Pussy Riot has drawn international protests

He would not answer on the impact the trial is having, but did talk about the relationship between Church and state.

He said that far from being a tool of the Kremlin, the Church is actually there to hold the government to account.

“There have been quite a number of cases when the Church expressed its dissatisfaction with government policies and we try to change these policies,” he said.

“For example, if we know something is happening in the army and we are unhappy with that we engage in dialogue with the defence ministry and try to influence them. I see this way of collaboration as very fruitful.”

Andrei Zolotov believes the recent scandals have only deepened the mistrust in society and that they will have a lasting effect.

“For the past 20 years after the Soviet-era persecution the Church had a right to rebuild. Now things unfortunately get back to normal. And normal means a confrontation between some of the radical elements in society – the leftists, the radicals – and the traditionalists.”

You don’t have to travel far in Moscow to meet people from each of these different categories, all with opposing views.

But most agree on one thing: that the Pussy Riot protest will have a lasting impact on the way the Church is seen in Mr Putin’s Russia.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19207439

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Kirill was born on November 20th, 1946 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirill_I_of_Moscow

November 20th, 1946

11 + 20 +1+9+4+6 = 51 = his life lesson = Authority.  Government.  President (Vladimir Putin).  Stern.  Harsh.

King of Swords Tarot card

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November 20th, 1946

November 20th

11 + 20 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from November 20th, 2011 to November 19th, 2012) = Getting caught off guard.

Nine of Wands Tarot card

35 year + 7 (July) = 42 = his personal month (from July 20th, 2012 to August 19th, 2012) = Misunderstandings.

Two of Cups Tarot card

42 month + 17 (17th of the month on Friday August 17th, 2012) = 59 = his personal day = Empty victory.

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30 July 2012                03:56 ET

Three members of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot go on trial on Monday, in a case that has divided Russia and inflamed the religious establishment.

They were taken into custody in February after singing a song protesting against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.

The song outraged the Russian Orthodox Church. It accused them of blasphemy.

Supporters say the case reflects the state’s growing intolerance of government opponents.

It is a case that has divided Russia between those who think the women have been treated far too harshly, and those who feel their action grossly offended the Orthodox faith.

But this case also has political overtones. Pussy Riot staged their cathedral stunt as a protest at Patriarch Kirill’s open support for Vladimir Putin in the build-up to the March presidential election.

The Russian Orthodox Church has always walked a moral tightrope throughout its long history, and has been criticised for its involvement with successive leaders from the tsars to Stalin, and now, Vladimir Putin.

Pussy Riot’s fate has gained international attention. Superstar musicians like Sting, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Franz Ferdinand have supported their cause during visits to Moscow this summer.

But that will not help them in this trial. The three imprisoned women’s supporters believe pressure from the Kremlin will be far more influential.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich caused outrage when they stormed onto the altar of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and sang an obscenity-laced song that implored the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out”.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said the act amounted to blasphemy.

The women are facing the charge of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility and could face up to seven years in prison.

Pussy Riot made headlines around the world late last year when footage of their controversial public performances at Moscow landmarks such as Red Square attracted millions of viewers on the internet.

More than 100 prominent Russian actors, directors and musicians have urged the authorities to release the three.

Western musicians such as Sting and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have also criticised the women’s arrest.

Activists have said the case indicates that President Putin, now serving a third term in office, is not heeding calls for him to be more tolerant of political opponents.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19040414

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Maria Alyokhin

4        1             1 

 

her primary challenge and how she loses her heart’s desire both = MA = 41 = Things get ugly.

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