Vladimir Putin has locked down the media in Russia, and banned nearly all social media. He has used this blanket ban on free press to spin a narrative that the invasion of Ukraine is an attempt to free the citizens from Nazi-style oppression. According to The Moscow Times, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has added that military invasion is to punish the sins of people who hosted Pride, saying, "Pride parades are designed to demonstrate that sin is one variation of human behavior. That's why in order to join the club of those countries, you have to have a gay pride parade." Ultimately, the prelate called the invasion of Ukraine a conflict about things "far more important than politics," and insinuated that the embrace of progressive western values would lead to the end of civilization.