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Patriarch Awarded Shoe

Published: June 21, 2012 (Issue # 1713)


MOSCOW TheRussian Orthodox Church reacted strongly after Patriarch Kirill was given theSilver Shoe award, handed out each year for themost dubious achievements inshow business.

Atan elaborate award ceremony, thepatriarch was given theprize forthe immaculate disappearance ofa watch inthe category ofmiracles up tothe elbows, RIA-Novosti reported. Theaward category is areference toa Photoshop flub inwhich anexpensive watch was digitally removed fromthe patriarchs arm but its reflection remained, exposing thealteration attempt.

Thepresenters also used thename used bythe religious leader before he became patriarch Vladimir Gundyayev.

If people want tomake fun ofthe church andits leader, thequestion arises: How do they relate tothe life ofthe church, anddo they realize that their jokes onthe leader offend anenormous amount oftheir countrymen, parishioners ofthe Russian Orthodox Church? thechurchs spokesman Alexander Volkov said Wednesday, RIA-Novosti reported.

Volkov saw traces ofan anti-church campaign inthe ceremony, saying that inthe wake ofanti-church events inthe past few months, it can be seen as anevent planned byactive opponents ofthe church andits leadership.

TheSilver Shoe award, created byradio station Silver Rain, was given out forthe 16th time bysocialite andopposition figure host Ksenia Sobchak, who came onstage inthe costume ofa centaur, complete with theback end ofa horse attached.





 


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Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of Repulsion at 7 p.m. and Rosemarys Baby at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy The Tenant, the cult comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul-de-sac among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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