Russia’s Wretched Defilers

Here is the authentic Russian perspective: Next time you consider denigrating those who disagree with you in sacred or holy places, don’t.

Pussy Riot

Western analysis of the stunt pulled in Moscow by the cretins known as Pussy Riot cannot convey the visceral rage their act has elicited from the typical Russian.

I don’t mean the typical Russian of central Moscow or St. Petersburg, but those from the endless cinderblock apartments that ring each city and fill in the rest of the largest geographic country on Earth. They are not commonly interviewed on television, and Western media hardly ever quote them. However, they do most of the nation’s working and slaving and living and dying. They also do the believing.

There are many things one does not do in a Russian Orthodox church. In many colder climes—basically all of Russia much of the year—adherents do not remove coats. Congregants remain standing throughout the ceremony. You cannot put your hands in your pockets and if you do, someone will tap you and wag his finger.

The clergy will not look at you. Their backs are to parishioners because Orthodox services honor the Almighty instead of trying to entertain those who pass through the archway. The service is not about you and it will proceed whether you are there or not.

This is a video of the “protest” by Pathetic Riot (sic) before an Orthodox ceremony, a rite still taken seriously in Russian culture. Note the horrified look on the peasant women’s faces. That is the expression of true belief being defiled.


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