By Darya Buyanova, Metro World News
in MoscowPublished: February 14, 2013
Babushka Riot: Russian Orthodox Church ‘cult members’ ambush sex shop
Woman sprinkles holy water on products in Tochka G
sex shop, Moscow.
A group of Russian Orthodox Church worshippers described as “cult followers”
have ambushed a sex shop in central Moscow.
Video footage from the “Tochka G” (“G Spot”) shop’s CCTV and eyewitnesses’
telephones show seven elderly women in head scarfs, sprinkling what is believed
to be holy water on merchandise on the shop’s shelves and shouting “Shame!
The group of women were led into the shop by a young man holding a ‘Madonna
and Child’ icon, who was apprehended from entering by security guards before the
women managed to pass through. Footage from last Wednesday’s encounter has
already been uploaded to YouTube, garnering thousands of hits.
“The women looked like cult followers,” Dmitry, security guard at Tochka G,
told Metro. “They had deranged eyes with dark circles under them. People from
the Church would never do this.”
“I would never think that ‘babushkas’ with icons would go into a sex shop!”
Yuri, an eyewitness who filmed the encounter on his phone, told Metro.
The event ended on a violent note after an unidentified man threw punches at
the man carrying the icon, destroying the icon’s picture frame and bringing the
man to the floor.
“Ahh! They are killing!” Demons!” one elderly woman said after seeing the
scuffle. “Police! They have killed a man.” The man in fact rose to his feet,
leaving the premises with a bloodied lip.
The Russian Orthodox Church has been making recent strides in promoting
conservative Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism. A parliamentary
bill that bans “homosexual propopganda”, which critics believe could crimimalize
almost any overt public expression of gay sexuality, is being drafted and is
supported by the Kremlin and the Church.
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