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(sourceTwo women were arrested on suspicion of prostitution after seven rooms were found in a building close to Sretensky Monastery where sexual services were offered from 1,750 roubles (£35) per hour.

Father Tikhon, the abbot of the monastery, is said to be a religious counsellor to Mr Putin, who is a confirmed Russian Orthodox believer.

There were conflicting reports over the ownership of the brothel, found in one of a chain of mini-hotels called Podushkin.

Life News, a popular muckraking website with close ties to the police and security services, said the building where the brothel was located on Rozhdestvensky Boulevard had been rented out by the monastery.

However, an attendant at the monastery was quoted as saying: “Some time ago we rented premises for our seminary. The bordello was only found then, when we started to check which rooms had become temporarily ours, and which hadn’t. This establishment had been there for a long time; it belongs to someone and has absolutely no connection to us.”

Another source at the monastery told Interfax news agency that monks “had heard that next to us was a hotel offering ‘intimate services'” but it was nothing to do with them.

  • Athair Ambrois Maonaigh

    Shocking the type of slander that goes on against the Church in the name of “news”!

    The article itself makes it clear that the hotel is not “in” the monastery. According to Archimandrite Tikhon, the building has just been acquired by the monastery, which has long known about the bad reputation of the place and plans to close the hotel and use the buildings for the monastery’s publishing house (one of the best in Russia, by the way). But of course that doesn’t make for sensational headlines.

    http://ria.ru/moscow/20121029/907706660.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/get-thee-to-a-monastery-theres-a-brothel-there-8262255.html

    http://tinyurl.com/8o5et9k

    • NFTU

      Who was footing the bill for the property, Father?

      Did you read the article and realize that they were *aware* of something illicit going on, but didn’t call the police?

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      Deacon Joseph Suaiden
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  • Athair Ambrois Maonaigh

    And why would those who see the clergy and monks of Moscow as servants of Satan be surprised if thery are running brothels and abofrtion clinics and escort agencies. Are these not Satan’s businesses?