In 1931, the tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the destruction of the main Christian church in Moscow. The Church of Christ the Saviour was dynamited and levelled to become the site for a monument to his horrific brand of communism.
When that ideology was inevitably overthrown 60 years later, the Russian leader Boris Yeltsin had the Russian Orthodox church rebuilt in garish, golden form.
In the past decade, the church has been used by Vladimir Putin as a centre of power and force. Last week, that power was challenged by Mr Putin's political opponents and world leaders _ but mostly by a female punk band.
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