Andrey (azangru) wrote,
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"The state, determined to treat it [trial of Pussy Riot] as a three-ring circus, tried to quote the Quinisext Council of A.D. 693 as a legal precedent," writes Michael Idov.

This phrase, the Quinisext Council, Трулльский собор, has become such a tired cliche when referring to that trial, that I several times searched the Internet for the actual text where this phrase was used to remind myself that I was not crazy and that it was not in any way referred to as "a legal precedent". I found the text once; then failed to find it again; and now that I found it at last I feel an urge to stamp a fucking link to it, because it takes some fucking imagination to come up with search keywords that will do the trick, and meanwhile one is bombarded with search results abusing the phrase this way and that. There was a fucking article in an academic journal that I looked through expecting to see the quote from the source — only to find the phrase "Короче говоря, можно ли сесть в тюрьму за нарушение правил Трулльского собора?"

Anyway, here is the actual text of the report by three experts (whoever they are, I don’t care), which reads:

Участницы акции нарушили следующие общепризнанные правила и нормы поведения. лежащие в основе общественного порядка в указанном общественном месте, установленные:
1) внутренними установлениями Русской Православной Церкви, определяющими порядок поведения в культовом здании (православном храме), включая требования к одежде посетителей, их вербальному и невербальному поведению, основанные, в том числе, на следующих канонических правилах:
- 9-е Апостольское правило ...
- 62-е правило Трульского Собора ...
- 75-е правило Трульского Собора ...
- 15-е правило Лаодикийского Собора ...


Now who, in their right mind, can read this fragment as anything other than describing the sources of the norms of behavior in an orthodox church? Trullian Council has as much legal standing in this text as Elistratov’s dictionary of the Russian slang — it is just a historico-cultural footnote. How can people, in good faith, keep referring to it as a legal source of the verdict?
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