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Tongue in cheek, ambassadors spar over Pussy Riot

February 6th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

Imagine a world where the Cold War may be over, but the Twitter War between the U.S. and Russia is heating up.

As if the two don't have enough to disagree about – such as Syria, Edward Snowden, human rights and political dissent – Pussy Riot has now become a bone of diplomatic contention.

On Wednesday in New York Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, met with Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina at the U.S. Mission to the UN.

She then tweeted this simple message.

When asked about it, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded to reporters with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek:

"Hasn't she joined the band yet?" he asked, and then tartly added: "I would expect her to invite them to perform in the National Cathedral in Washington. This is my expectation. Maybe they arrange a world tour for them – St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and end up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem."

But Power had the last tweet:

Who knew diplomats did stand-up comedy?

And in fact, all of this reminds that 25 years before pussy riot – another protest group, this one in the U.S., also chose a church to express its political outrage.

Back in 1989, radical AIDS activists known as Act Up gathered over 4,000 demonstrators outside New York's Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Dozens of them went inside and interrupted the mass – some chained themselves to the pews and others lay down in the aisles –

They were protesting the church's opposition to condoms and aids education.

Over 100 people were arrested, but all were quickly released and ordered to do community service.

Yes, they offended many churchgoers, just as Pussy Riot did in Russia.

But none of them went to a penal colony for two years.


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