Brothel found in Monastery run by Putin-supporting priests
29.10.12 14:46 By News Dept.
A brothel was recently found on the grounds of a centrally located
monastery in Moscow reports RIA Novosti citing source in a law enforcement.
"The salon is owned by private individuals and has no relation to the
church," said the source.
According to the Interior Ministry, the brothel was opened in a hotel on
a nearby road.
"This hotel was known for catering 'to lovers.' Inside are seven rooms
of various price categories. The discovery of the brothel resulted in
the arrest of 2 girls," said an Interior Ministry statement.
A criminal case under the article "The organization of prostitution",
which involves up to 10 years in prison, is currently being considered.
The Stretensky Monastery is an Orthodox male stauropegic monastery
[answering directly to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill] in
honor of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. The last head of the
monastery was Archimandrite Tikhon, who, according to some, is the
spiritual mentor of Vladimir Putin.
Recently, several scandals related to the Russian Orthodox Church have
been reported in the media. One recent example is from a report from the
Society for the Protection of Consumer Rights (SPCR), which stated that:
under the guise of restorating the Cathedral of Christ the Savior a
business centre was built where less than 7% of the area was given to
religious purposes. Also, representatives from the SPCR accused the
Church of evading taxes on the sale of non-religious goods.