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Matthew 22: 20-21: “And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Pussy Riot “gained global notoriety when five members of the group staged a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012… The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leaders’ support for Putin during his election campaign.” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested, tried and sentenced to 2 years in prison in a former gulag labor camp. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot

As pointed out by Elena Volkova (2014) “it was ecclesial and state authorities who committed blasphemiesThe blasphemy list includes the collaboration of the church with the authoritarian state… We can speak of a Pussy Riot feminine version of the Pater Noster (Our Father) prayer – Mater Nostra, the first line of which ‘Mother of God, Virgin, drive Putin away’ may be seen as a paraphrase of the last petition in Our Father: ‘Deliver us from evil’, for Putin in this context is a symbol of the repressive regime, of political violence and injustice.” (“Mater Nostra: The Anti-blasphemy Message of the Feminist Punk Prayer“, See article below).

After reading the article below, and an article re accusations about Chabad House in Montreal, we started to wonder if both the Russian Orthodox Church and Chabad may be officially or unofficially used for money-laundering purposes, at least some of the time.

Carl Heinrich Bloch, Jesus Chasing the Money Changers

About one of their supporters who was killed while they were in the prison camp-gulag. He had survived Soviet era persecutions: “Father Pavel Adelheim obituary” by Michael Bourdeaux, Monday 19 August 2013 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/father-pavel-adelheim

A mostly unobtrusive law student-blogger was arrested and tried for playing Pokemon Go at another church. The outcome is unknown by us: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/russian-blogger-on-trial-for-playing-pokeman-go-in-a-russian-orthodox-church-could-get-up-to-7-12-years-in-prison/

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Pussy Riot; Punk Prayer; Russian Orthodox Church; blasphemy; idolatry.
PDF of Original: https://www.religionandgender.org/articles/10.18352/rg.9897/galley/10377/download/
[Note that it is beyond the scope of this blog post to deal with the issue of Mariology. However, this is in the context of the Orthodox religion, not Protestant religions. And, God is neither male nor female.
Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” is used as an example of God envisioned as Mother. While this is considered separate from Mary Mother of God, in older Catholic Churches “Mary” dominates and seems to be Mother God, i.e. God as Mother, rather than Mother of God.]

Note that Putin’s use of the Orthodox Church for social control unveils French Presidential Candidate Marine LePen’s talk of “Laicite“, a secular society, as a lie. Russia closed Czech First Russian Bank last July and called back her multi-million euro (dollar) loan, though the exact status is murky. Her father, Jean-Marie LePen, has Russian extremist right and orthodox ties going back over 20 years and has maintained those ties.

Description of punishment by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: “Her letter on the conditions of the women in the penal colony asserts that the women have no rights, that the prisoners must work 16–17 hours and sleep 3–4 hours a day, and that they have a day-off every 8th week. Further she claims that if they complain, they are punished, and that if they complain over the treatment of other prisoners, they are punished even harder. Collective punishment is allegedly frequent, but she also states that the prisoners may be beaten up with particular focus on hitting the kidneys. Another punishment would consist of keeping a prisoner outdoor in the cold without sufficient clothing. Most of what she reports is affirmed by other sources.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadezhda_Tolokonnikova

About the Cathedral:
When Napoleon Bonaparte retreated from Moscow, Tsar Alexander I signed a manifest on 25 December 1812 declaring his intention to build a cathedral in honor of Christ the Savior “to signify Our gratitude to Divine Providence for saving Russia from the doom that overshadowed Her” and as a memorial to the sacrifices of the Russian people…

On 5 December 1931, by order of Stalin’s minister Lazar Kaganovich, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was dynamited and reduced to rubble. It took more than a year to clear the debris from the site. Some of the marble from the walls and marble benches from the cathedral were used in nearby Moscow Metro stations. The original marble high reliefs were preserved and are now on display at the Donskoy Monastery (see the photo). For many decades, these reliefs were the only reminders of one of the largest Orthodox churches ever built…

In February 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. A temporary cornerstone was laid by the end of the year. The architect Aleksey Denisov was called upon to design a replica, which was of extraordinary accuracy. A construction fund was initiated in 1992 and funds began to pour in from ordinary citizens in the autumn of 1994.

In this year the pool was demolished and the cathedral reconstruction commenced. About one million Muscovites donated money for the project. There are still arguments about the reconstruction. Denisov was soon fired from the project because of disagreements with the Mayor’s office.[6] When construction was well under way, Denisov was replaced by Zurab Tsereteli, who introduced several controversial innovations. For instance, the original marble high reliefs along the walls were replaced by modern bronze ones, which have few, if any, parallels in Russian church architecture. The lower church was consecrated to the Saviour’s Transfiguration in 1997, and the completed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was consecrated on the Transfiguration Day, 19 August 2000.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Christ_the_Saviour