Two Orthodox Crosses Vandalized in Siberia

Two more Orthodox crosses have been destroyed in Russia, this time in southern Siberia’s Altai Territory, local police said on Thursday.

Officials in Pervomaiskoye told a local news portal that they would replace the crosses at the entrance to the village in the near future.

“The village’s residents were outraged that someone dared to destroy a symbol of the Orthodox faith,” the head of the village administration said.

Five other crosses were vandalized across Russia in late August and early September, after topless activists from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen chopped down a wooden crucifix in the center of Kiev to voice their support for members of the all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Three members of the group were jailed for two years after a protest performance at Moscow’s largest cathedral over Orthodox Church support for Putin’s return to the Kremlin for a third term.

The Pussy Riot trial sparked international condemnation and split Russian society between traditional conservatives and liberal opposition supporters.


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