Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Manezh Centre Fears New Attack of Pseudo-Religious Kooks on Art Exhibit



On Tuesday, Manezh Exhibition Centre (near Red Square) Director Irina Tolpina told us that the Manezh wouldn’t rule out a new attack on an art exhibition, as the leader of the Bozhya Volya (God’s Will) extremists alleged that a 5,000-person rally will occur. On Friday, members of Bozhya Volya vandalised “The Sculptures We Don’t See” exhibition at the Manezh, claiming that the exhibits were offensive to religious feelings. Early reports said that they damaged five art works. Toplina blasted the incident, “It was heinous, lawless, provocative, and stirred up horror and indignation. We fear that the attack may be repeated”. On Monday, Mikhail Piotrovsky, head of the Russian Museums Union, condemned last week’s attack on the art exhibition, saying in reference to Bozhya Volya leader Dmitri Tsorionov (widely known as Enteo), “The Russian Museum Union regards the actions of strange activists with hallucinogenic nicknames as a real display of blasphemy and religious offence”. ICOM (International Council of Museums) Russia also condemned the incident.

18 August 2015




They have some real loony rightwing religious extremists in Russia… some friends of mine said to me, “We’ll tell you what, you can have our nuts and we’ll take yours. Paffhausen and Dreher are nothing compared to our nutters” (that’s an unwitting example of the “Everything’s Bigger and Badder in Russia” syndrome, isn’t it?). Interestingly, American konvertsy latch on to statements made by the Russian right (a group just as unhinged as the American right is) and portray it as the “Teaching of the Church”. Have a care, there be counterfeits… you can tell the religious phonies in the USA… they vote Republican. They also expect you to feel sorry for them… do keep your wits about you, the times be evil…



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