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  • Fr. John-Brian
    Metropolitan denies allegations that Saddam bribed church MOSCOW. Jan 29 (www.interfax.ru) - The head of the Moscow Patriarchate s External Relations
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      Metropolitan denies allegations that Saddam bribed church

      MOSCOW. Jan 29 (www.interfax.ru) - The head of the Moscow Patriarchate's
      External Relations Department, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad
      Kirill has denied foreign press reports that Saddam Hussein presented oil
      contracts to the Russian Orthodox Church.

      "This is an absurdity, I cannot think of any other word. Nothing of the sort
      could happen," Metropolitan Kirill told a Thursday press conference in
      Moscow.

      Foreign press reports claim that Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir
      Zhirinovsky and the Russian Communist Party also received oil contracts from
      the former Iraqi leader. Kirill said he was perplexed at the "strange
      company" the Russian Orthodox Church finds itself in. The metropolitan said
      he "will thoroughly analyze the origin of the press reports and see what is
      behind them."

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