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Time looks at how Orthodox Christian activists are using the judgement against Pussy Riot as a premise for patrolling and ‘enforcing’ their sentiments, and why Putin needs them:

“You are insulting the feelings of the Orthodox faithful! You are inciting ethnic hatred,” they yelled by turns. And when the police arrived, the zealots appeared stunned when the man wearing the Pussy Riot T-shirt was not immediately arrested. From the baffled faces of the officers, it seemed they weren’t quite sure what was legal anymore, so just to be safe, they took both sides of the argument down to the station.

Five days later, a Slavic supremacist organization called Holy Rus announced its intention to patrol the streets of Moscow in search of “blasphemers” and “those who insult the Orthodox faith,” again appearing to claim legitimacy by quoting from Syrova’s verdict.

Thus Putin’s effort to create an ideological glue to secure his political survival.

“We just realized that we do not need a revolution,” she said. Her interests lie in advancing the Orthodox faith, and as long as Putin sees Orthodoxy as a national idea, she will continue to support him. “The fact that the state is taking this course is an opportunity for [the church],” she argued. “And we should use that.”


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