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01.27.141:05 PM ET

‘Satanic’ Pussy Riot To Perform in Brooklyn

A local Russian orthodox priest is less than thrilled.

Not everyone is thrilled to have the members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot grace the Brooklyn stage next week—some in fact denounce it as the devil's work. "This is satanic," decried Archpriest Serge Lukianov of the Orthodox New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Church in Bensonhurst to The Brooklyn Paper when asked his opinions on Nadezhda “Nadva” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina’s upcoming performance. “It is appalling that people are making them into heroes,” he said. “Anyone who desecrates a church, synagogue, or mosque is not a hero.” The anti-Putin protesters and musicians made world news following their 2012 arrest for filming a music video protest inside a Russian Orthodox Church. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, who spent two years in a Mordovin prison, were released just last month. The will say a few words at the Amnesty International concert in Prospect Heights on Feb. 5, promising to make their remarks on political dissent this time from the stage, and not the altar. 

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