Many liberals who sided with the group feel the Orthodox Church's leader, Patriarch Kirill, has overplayed its hand recently. They point to his support for President Putin and refusal to publicly pardon the protesters. But more traditional believers say the Patriarch needs to be given a chance to revive the Church's flagging attendance rates in a mainly Orthodox society. The BBC
Flagging attendance is not going to be helped by this (not very clever) use of Photoshop to 'disappear' a Breguet watch worth of $30,000!!
So what HAS changed in Russia? A religious man wears a $30,000 watch while girl musicians wear locked handcuffs!