Police interrupt opening of Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster temple in Moscow
In an apparent bid to protect Muscovites from the potential dangers of Pastafarianism, a social movement that adovcates a lighthearted view of religion, Moscow police broke up the opening of a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster temple at one of the capital's cafés yesterday.
A correspondent for newspaper Kommersant, Alexander Chyorny, said police banned the event, because it “had been prepared to cause provocations.”
This Twitter post from Chyorny (above) reads, “Shopping center security aren't allowing anyone into the café where the Pastafarian temple was supposed to open.”
This second Twitter post reads, “Café management brought out pasta for Pastafarians on the street. ‘We are celebrating the best we can,’ said [the church's] Pastriarch.”
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's enlightened representative in Russia goes by the name Pastriarch Purée Pasta III.
The Kommersant correspondent also posted an Instagram post (above) with the caption, “Moscow Pastafarians arrived for the opening of their temple, but the cops arrived and made everyone disperse.”
Pasta-Secretary of Russia's Flying Spaghetti Monster Church, Svetlana Makhokhei, says at present Russia's only active Pastafarian temple is located in Nizhny Novgorod.