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18459Russian Court Bans Christian Orthodox Icon ‘Parody’

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 9, 2013
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      Russian Court Bans Christian Orthodox Icon ‘Parody’

      16:09 09/09/2013

      NOVOSIBIRSK, September 9 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian regional court has
      banned an image based on a Christian Orthodox icon printed on t-shirts
      in support of the Pussy Riot punk band, the Prosecutor General’s Office
      said Monday.

      The image in question is a parody of the Our Lady of the Sign icon, with
      the Mother of God wearing a balaclava while the Child Jesus is portrayed
      as a girl with plaits, the office said.

      A Novosibirsk city court ruled that the image insults the religious
      feelings of Christian believers and falls under the definition of
      information whose circulation is prohibited, the prosecutor’s office
      said in a statement.

      The court acted on a complaint from members of the clergy and Orthodox
      believers who argued that the image, originally posted on an Internet
      site, is a desecration of a holy icon and an insult to their religious

      In accordance with the court ruling, the image will be included into a
      federal list of materials banned from circulation on the Internet,
      obliging all operators across Russia to block access to the site in

      Two members of the Pussy Riot female punk rock band were sentenced last
      August to two years in jail for performing a “punk-prayer” protest
      against Putin at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

      A video of the band’s controversial performance posted online showed the
      five-girl group wearing balaclavas high-kicking at the altar to the
      accompaniment of the song titled “Holy S**t” in which they urged the
      Virgin Mary to “drive out” then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was
      then standing for re-election to the presidency in upcoming elections.
      The song also poured scorn on the head of the Russian Orthodox Church,
      Patriarch Kirill, and believers.