Saturday, 18 August 2012

Angels are Hooligans Too

'That the Pussy Riot members and the Syrian revolutionaries are both being described with a Soviet term of opprobrium drawn from British anti-Irish racist stereotypes points to the staid, conventional banality of evil that lurks in Vladimir Putin’s notion of order.'

Juan Cole provides a video of Pussy Riot's 'hooligan' performance that so riled the religious Russians as well.  The emergence of Russian religious and their hanger's-on - the fat, over-painted women, the fat, though unpainted priests, is noted by anyone who has been at those shindigs thrown by oligarchs and wannabes in Russia itself and various global holiday resorts.


Nomad said...

I spent a year or so in Russia in the mid 1960s. In those days religion was banned, all the one-time churches and monasteries had been turned into museums and/or tourist attractions, and virtually the only place allowed to perform Christian rites was the cathedral in Moscow.

Since nobody in the country has been allowed to be taught Christianity for the better part of 75 years, one wonders from which woodwork all these devout practising Christians have suddenly emerged. They must be Methodists or Baptists since it is clear they are devoid of any sense of humour. It will be interesting to see how Putin reacts over the next few weeks.

Sackerson said...

I thought it was all about anti-Putin - isn't the Church thing a red herring?