Anti-Pussy Riot Game Debuts at Russian Orthodox Youth Festival

A video game recently debuted (July 11) at a Russian Orthodox youth festival in Moscow that encouraged players to kill members of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot. The game, "Don't Let Pussy Riot Into The Cathedral," lets players use an Orthodox cross to kill the women before they enter a domed white church. Throughout the game, Pussy Riot's "Punk Prayer For Putin," which was performed in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012 to protest the all powerful Russian leader, plays in the background.

In August 2012, three members of Pussy Riot (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich) were sentenced to two years in prison for performing their "Punk Prayer," in which they called on the Virgin Mary to free Russia from President Vladimir Putin. While many in the West supported the group, Russian citizens were divided, mostly because it was performed in a church.

"You have to kill them with a cross before they get into the church, that's the point," Boris Yakemenko, who organized a Russian Orthodox youth festival in central Moscow where the video game was on display, told Reuters.

Although organizers of the event seemed to be pleased with the game being on display, some visitors who played the game called it "vile."

You can find out more about the game Radio Free Europe.

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