The organizers of cultural events should “take into account the context of the” time, which today may differ materially from those who attended, for example, in 1960-70 the Soviet Union, the head of the Synodal Information Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda.
Such a pogrom in the Manege exhibition actions are unacceptable and “have no relation to the Christian faith,” said Legoyda. He stressed that the religious theme in Russia “in its complexity and delicacy,” calls for a responsible attitude.
However, as explained Legoyda, the so-called Orthodox activists “sculptures in general nothing to do with”: they ” It was damaged by working on the linoleum of the famous Soviet sculptor Siddur. ” “If they did not touch the sculpture, what to say, they broke them? And this is not the nuances – a fact that is true faktov.Ya believe that the word “responsibility”, as in many cases, the key “, – he said.
In addition, the added Legoyda at the exhibition in the Arena exhibited not only a work of art of the Soviet era, as was reported elsewhere, but was also exposed and “a number of works that had no relation to the art and were a pure provocation.” In particular, according to Legoyda this work in 2014 of some contemporary artists, depicting, in its view, “the head of John the Baptist,” which also was damaged.
August 14 a group of Orthodox activists headed by the leader of the movement ” God’s will “Dmitry Tsorionovym (Enteo) damaged several exhibits at the exhibition” Sculptures, which we do not see. ” According to the rioters, sculpture offend the feelings of believers (the response).
«were damaged four works by Vadim Siddur – a carving linoleum 30 to 30 cm. Visually seen cleaved angles flew the figure. We hope that next week the expert will assess the material damage, “- said a spokesman for the association” Manezh “Elena Karneeva. She stressed that the exhibition organizers will insist on the institution of criminal proceedings.
The ROC did not unequivocally condemn the actions of the rioters. “In all must follow the law. If Tsorionov violated the law, let him answer to the fullest extent. But the law must respect those who are satisfied with the exhibition, “- said the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.
On Monday, the head of the Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations Jaroslav Nilov appealed to the Prosecutor General to conduct a probe into the massacre at the Manege exhibition. Earlier, a member of the Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction Vladimir Ponevezhsky urged law enforcement agencies to prosecute Enteo and his supporters.