Four Orthodox Christian crosses have been chopped down in different parts of Russia. The incidents come after the Femen movement attacked a cross in Kyiv to protest the sentence of the punk band Pussy Riot, who received two years in prison.
Three crosses have been taken down in the Urals’ Chelyabinsk Region, and one in the Archangelsk Region, northern Russia.
By the time police arrived at the scenes the vandals had already left. Authorities have launched an investigation into both cases.
The two incidents follow a similar case when the leader of the Ukrainian activist group Femen took down a cross in Kyiv using a chainsaw. In a statement Femen declared that the cross was taken down in solidarity with the members of punk band Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years in jail for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.