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In Moscow detained beggars posing as priests

May 24 2005
17:25

Nine men posing as priests of the Russian Orthodox Church and begging, were detained in Moscow. This was preceded by operational information about a group of beggars in the vestments of priests received by the Office for Combating Economic Crimes of Moscow. According to information, the group "worked" at some stations of the Moscow Metro.

An investigation revealed that beggars have no relationship to the church and leads a group of four convicted offender Igor Stepanov. Detainees charged with fraud. Recall that the Moscow Patriarchate does not allow its clergy to collect donations in public places.

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