The Orthodox priest Andrei Kurayev and Pussy Riot punk band members Mariya Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have revealed something in common during their meeting.

"Do we have something in common? Yes, we do. It is some sort of a quest for truth and the aspiration to not stop thinking. Of course, things happen because of it, which are called scandals, scandalous behavior. That is really something we have in common but that is not the reason to put us into one camp - it is grounds for dialog where one can come out with new thoughts. I hope one can," Tolokonnikova said during a conversation, a transcript of which was posted on the Snob magazine's website on Monday night.

"Basically, provocateurs are ringleaders," Kurayev said.

"Yes, I'll try to start something. Furthermore, I refer to myself as the destroyer. When I arrive in a town with a lecture, I have three hours to speak to the audience. I won't be able to build something within this amount of time. But this time may be enough for me to destroy certain stereotypes and demonstrate that in my opinion, a Christian life is more interesting, it does not boil down to reinforced concrete as it might appear to you from afar. So, I am a provocateur, without a doubt. The question is what to provoke," the missioner said.

"Without provocation, society will not evolve, it will only stagnate," Alyokhina said for her part.

At the same time, protodeacon Kurayev, who opposed prison terms as punishment for the punk prayer at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, chided the band members, pointing out that being a patriarch is "the heaviest cross," and the consequences of their actions "turned out to be yet another little kettle bell to it."

"According to Freud, culture is a system of taboos. And one of the main taboos is the division of the world into sacral spaces and non-violation of the sacral space. In this sense, I certainly cannot approve of the invasion into the sacral space of a cathedral. I mean not a car wash station, say, under a cathedral, but a prayer hall. I do not like it," he said.

"In principle, it was a positive experience for us. Because I hope we shall be able to draw from it to great advantage not only for ourselves but for people around us as well," Tolokonnikova said, recalling her prison experience.

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