Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Jul 15, 2013
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Released by a Russian Orthodox youth organization, a new video game explicitly targets the feminist punk band Pussy Riot that became an international cause after its members were jailed for an antigovernment performance at a Moscow church last year, Reuters reports.

In the game, players can kill band members. “You have to kill them with a cross before they get into the church,” according to Boris Yakemenko, organizer of a Russian Orthodox youth event in Moscow where the game was showcased. “That’s the point.”

If a band member – each wearing balaclavas in Pussy Riot’s signature style – reaches the church, a red devil dances across the screen in a game that one event participant, 22-year-old Dmitry Litvinov, called “revolting.”

At press time, neither Pussy Riot nor spokesmen for the band or the Russian Orthodox Church had commented on the game, Reuters reports.

Two Pussy Riot members are serving two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for performing a protest song against Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral in February 2012. A third band member was freed on a suspended sentence.

Reuters points out that the Russian Orthodox Church has called the performance an attempt to undermine its post-Soviet revival. While the case has inspired an international “Free Pussy Riot” movement, many in Russia say the women crossed a line by performing in the cathedral.


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