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July/August 2012

Who will stop and cure punk and Pussy riot, too?
A New Central-European Cultural Corridor
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum
The Death of the West
Who are Bunjevci?
A specialist on fruit wines with healing effects
A judge versus politicians
The end of the EU paradise
Europe needs another Maccabees
Who is a priest and who should he be?
More guns, less crime?
Troubles with Klement Gottwald
The OK 89-90 Flight Report
Four books in 24 months
Seven sins
A unique goalkeeper

 
Editorial
Who will stop and cure punk and Pussy riot, too?
Do you, too, ask how is it possible that so much media, but also political and diplomatic attention is being paid to the vulgar acts and the political agenda of the perverted and crazy young women who claim that they play punk music?
They call themselves Pussy riot, which in translation means “raging kitty (or vagina)”. Already this „great“ band name signifies the intellectual makeup which within the absolute anarchy, free speech and human rights needs no further commentary. I would rather ponder on other thoughts than on the pretended or real sexual deficit and appetite of these new „dissidents“ and feminist fighters against the Russian President and the Russian Orthodox Church.
If all available information is true, this band was created only at the end of October 2011. In its music production, the quality of which reminds me of a battle for bananas and nuts between starving apes in a zoo, it deals with a „problem“ of absent gender equality, criticizes other forms of discrimination, supports LGBT movement and expresses dissatisfaction with the government. It entertained me to learn that its political ideal is socialism of the Scandinavian type... But in the meantime I have not learned anything about how the members of the band were hurt by Russian President or the Russian Orthodox Church. What is relevant to us, however, is the fact that almost all concerts which they were able to perform during 4 months since October 2011 until the scandalous performance in the Moscow Church of Christ the Savior, were unannounced and illegal. So already then they deliberately and consciously breached the law. They played at metro stations, trolley bus roofs, at the Red Square, or in luxurious shops for Russian upper class - of course without anyone's interest to listen to them. Their cultural values and way of thinking were violently presented and imposed on people, but unfortunately, without any sanction.
The world learned about this band on February 21st 2012. That day its 5 members screeched lyrics of the allegedly “punk prayer” and song named „Mother of God, Expel Putin“ in the church in front of the iconostasis. The text criticized the connection of the Russian Orthodox clergy with secret services, Russian politics and President Putin who at that time led a presidential campaign. They criticized patriarch Kiril and other clerics, too. After few minutes they were carried out from the church. It is interesting that they had attempted a similar scandal two days before at another place – in Bogojavlen's church in Moscow. There were, however, only a few faithful, so the security guards managed to get them out before they turned lights on and plugged in their loudspeakers. It is odd that in the church of the Christ the Saviour they had enough time for preparation, setting up amplifiers and video recording which was then uploaded onto the Internet. An illegal and violent action was made a sensation, which however free media, European politicians and world singers or LGBT did not condemn. The attention was rather redirected elsewhere – to the court-case with „the raging kitties“ who allegedly suffered hunger and thirst in jail, to the critique of the Russian justice system and how otherwise – of President Putin, as well.
Almost the whole summer media have been bothering public with this case. They have not compared or questioned the value system of the „ragging kitties“, their lifestyle and responsibility. The media did not search for those who threatened the judge who was forced to request police protection, did not point out the abuse of the free speech and expression, but massively have spread news about the „protests“ and support of the opinion-leading persons from show business. And of course, they commented on the conviction by the prosecutor (according to par. 213 of the Russian Criminal Code hooliganism with the character of an organized crime was committed) and later the judgment of the independent court. The court sentenced the three band members to 2 years of imprisonment for „hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and serious insult to the conviction of the faithful by this crime“ in an rehabilitation institute with a special regime. The convicted want to appeal the judgment - not only to the highest court and constitutional court of the Russian federation, but also to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.
The circus around „the prisoners of conscience“, how they were labeled by the corrupted and politically used organization Amnesty International, is likely to continue. Just like the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria. Its being proven also by the „disturbance“ of Baroness Catherine Ashton, non-elected, appointed chief of the European Union's diplomacy, who condemned the judgment and made „a question mark above the Russian justice system“. She called upon Moscow to reverse the verdict as „the judgment is inadequate“. At the same time she declared that she is expecting its „reassessment“.
Nor has the Slovak Ministry on foreign Affairs remained silent. It got „perplexed“ by the judgment. „The performance of Pussy riot members was perhaps controversial, but in accordance with unquestionable freedom of expression of the citizens of Russia“, the diplomatic body stated. According to the Ministry the relevant Russian authorities should reconsider its decision in further proceedings, take its international law commitments in the field of human rights, as well as humanitarian and humane dimension of the imprisoned members of Pussy riot into consideration.“
What should be said about those expressions of „disagreement“? What comes to mind is an anarchism and free speech related question: Can you imagine a situation that Russian Orthodox Christians would invade an LGBT entertainment place or a punk assembly full of drug and alcohol users and with candles in their hands they would start praying, for example, A prayer of exorcism or for healing and salvation of their souls? Perhaps with the words: „God, expel the Evil spirit from these possessed people or deliver them from the slavery and addiction.„ What would happen then to these Christians?
Or imagine even more absurd case. Let us talk „the enraged kitties“ into visiting a building of the European Parliament or the Slovak foreign Affairs Ministry. Let us suggest them to have a public intercourse also with civic servants. With presence of cameras. Also with a banner: „This is a Scandinavian type of socialism in Great Britain and in Slovakia“.
Let us go back to the essence which was well summed up by Sergej Lavrov, Russian Minister of foreign Affairs. In Finland he said just recently to „disturbed journalists“, who worried about the inadequate judgment: „We are not eligible to interfere into the work of court. As a private person you may agree or disagree with the judgment, but it is unacceptable to interfere into this work. As for inadequacy of the punishment I can assess the case only according to the actions. In Germany, for example desecration and blasphemy in churches is sanctioned by imprisonment for three years, in France, according to my knowledge, by imprisonment for two years, in Austria for 6 months. What I found out there is 2 years imprisonment for such actions in Finland, too. Just recently I read a story that happened in Israel – a person was sentenced for two years imprisonment because he brought a chopped pig head onto the Temple Mount.“
Let me remind those who try to present the case as if the court would not be deciding independently that a day before declaring court verdict President of Russian federation ask for mercy towards these girls. Similar was the stand of the Russian Orthodox Church. But the court case was not canceled. There is a possibility of appeal against the judgment. We should not make rushed conclusions and especially foster hysteria around this case.
Mgr. RóbertMatejovič, editor-in-chief
 
Personality
A New Central-European Cultural Corridor  
,,We want Košice to become the distinctive cultural point at the border of the EU and in the space including Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Krakow and Lviv,“ says Vladimír Beskid, art director of the non-profit organization Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013.
 
Photoreport
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Do you know where is the largest Neanderthal Discovery Site in Europe? At the Hušnjak hill in the cave in Krapina city, Croatia.
 
We were interested
The Death of the West
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Interview
Who are Bunjevci?
They have lived in Southern Hungary, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Dalmatia since the 6th or 7th century. „So far only in Serbia have we succeeded in being accepted as an ethnic group“, says Ivan Sedlak, director of Matica Bunjevacka.    
 
Investstory
A specialist on fruit wines with healing effects
There are another two new kinds of wines from Pereg company in addition to popular wines from black currants and black fruit of Aronia. The black currant wine rosé and elderberry wine.     
 
No comment
A judge versus politicians
When is the parliamentarian Beblavý going to apologize in front of the President of the Supreme Court of SR? Will the Committee on Conflicts of Interest of the National Council be interested in warnings of Š. Harabin concerning huge property of many politicians?
 
Opinion Poll
22 years after the Velvet Revolution, Slovaks still know how the property of the Communist Party was used and where it was located. No Government since then has investigated it.
 
European Union
The end of the EU paradise   
Only the goal that is part of cultural tradition can bring people together and offer a model of development leading to the future. Any crisis spurs disintegration.
 
Europe needs another Maccabees
Who and what will split the European Union first – the Eurozone crisis, a nation states dismantle or a violent anti-christian globalization?
 
Reflexions
Who is a priest and who should he be?
„Is it still possible to resurrect, revitalize, rebuild a church in decay, not only the catholic, baptist, anglican or the evangelical?,“ asks reverend Dušan Tóth.
 
Probing
More guns, less crime?
Improving access to self defense with a legally held firearm enables law-abiding citizens to lower crime rate in the US. In Slovakia this issue is still a taboo.
 
History
Troubles with Klement Gottwald
His embalmed body slowly fell apart, then was cremated and stored into a memorial and wasn´t buried in cemetery until 1990.  
Culture
The OK 89-90 Flight Report
„The whole educational economics game with a focus on the humanities results in students not learning anything and never paying back loans,“ says Iľja Ruppeldt, a producer of documentary films who lives in New Zealand.
 
Literature
Four books in 24 months
„It is a luxury to write and publish a book in Slovakia,“ says Katyla Halag, a beginning writer.  
 
Art
Seven sins
Is this a title of his painting or are they the real seven sins of artist Andrej Smolák?
 
Sport
A unique goalkeeper
Marián Kelemen has transversed Europe playing in the Netherlands, Turkey, Latvia, Spain, Greece and Poland. When is he finally going to play for Slovakia?
 
 
 

 

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