Russian activist detained for anti-Putin prayer

The church has been the site of protests as three feminist punk rockers face 7 years in jail for anti-Putin prayer.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2012, 22:48 PM IST

Moscow: Police detained an opposition activist who tried to enter Russia`s largest Orthodox cathedral to pray to deliver Russia from Vladimir Putin.

Several riot police officers forced Roman Dobrokhotov into a police car just metres from Moscow`s Christ the Savior Cathedral today.

Another activist, Mariya Baronova, entered the cathedral, but was cornered by a group who tried to escort her out.

The church has been the site of protests as three feminist punk rockers face up to seven years in jail for their February anti-Putin prayer at the cathedral. Their treatment provoked a public outcry and contributed to growing criticism of the church.

A group of militant Orthodox activist stood in line in front of the cathedral today in an attempt to prevent protester access.

PTI