Illustration for article titled Saurons Plans To Gaze Over Moscow Fall Foul Of The Orthodox Church

Good news/Bad news, everyone - Sauron's eye will not descend upon Moscow City. Plans to install a giant light-up version of the Dark Lord of Mordor's burning eyeball have been scuppered, thanks to complaints from the Russian Orthodox Church.


Originally, an art group named Svechenie planned to install a giant orb done up to look like the Eye of Sauron atop one of the skyscrapers in Moscow's International Business Center last night, in anticipation of The Battle of The Five Armies' release in the country. However, the plan had to be abandoned when officials from the Orthodox Church heard about the stunt, and were not to fond about such overtly evil imagery lighting up the city. Speaking to radio station Govorit Moskva, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin decried the Eye as a 'demonic symbol':

Such a symbol of triumphant evil rising above Moscow and becoming one of the tallest objects in the city…is it good or bad? I am afraid it's mostly bad. One shouldn't be surprised if something goes wrong with the city after that.


And thus, the project was shut down as quickly as it was announced. Who knows, maybe they just weren't looking forward to all the Mordor/Moscow jokes?


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