Sunday, March 11, 2012

Russian Feminist Punk Rock Band Appeals Arrest; Sang Blasphemous Song at Russian Orth. Church

The Interfax-Religion website reports today (March 11, 2012) that lawyers have appealed the arrest of two members of a feminist punk rock band for performing a song inside Moscow's largest Orthodox Church that outraged clergy and worshipers.

On March 5, Moscow's Tagansky Court confirmed an order that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova -- performers of the Pussy Riot band -- stay in custody until April 24.

Pussy Riot sang a song in front of the altar in the massive Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21.

The group described the song as a "punk prayer," but many of the worshipers who were present saw it as being blasphemous.