Coverage of the Pussy Riot Trial and Imprisonment from the Christian Think-tank Ekklesia

This is an overview of the Pussy Riot trial and imprisonment from the British Christian think-tank Ekklesia, which leans to the left theologically and politically. The article makes two points which haven’t been highlighted by most of the other media:

 In the performance, the musicians walked into the cathedral, donned brightly-colored balaclavas and began to gesticulate and dance in front of the altar. Their actions were filmed as a video and set to music with the lyrics “O Birthgiver of God, Get Rid of Putin” and an expletive as a refrain.

 

The video went viral, shocking many Russians and infuriating the Kremlin and the Orthodox hierarchy, but also setting off a debate in the church about the role of forgiveness and mercy in Orthodoxy.

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