Russian church 'taken by thieves'

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Russian church 'taken by thieves'

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:28 pm

A 200-year-old church building has disappeared from a village in central Russia, officials from the Russian Orthodox Church say.

The building had stood near the village of Komarovo since 1809.

It was intact in July but some time in early October thieves made off with it brick by brick, they said.

Local prosecutors had been informed and an investigation was under way, a spokesman for the local Russian Orthodox Church said.

The disappearance of the Church of the Resurrection, some 300 km (186 miles) north-east of Moscow, was not immediately noticed.

It was in an out-of-the-way area and was not being used, although Church officials were considering resuming services there.

Now all that remained of the two-storey building - a school before it was turned over to the Church - were its foundations and some sections of wall, the Church said.

Thieves often target churches in rural Russia. Religious icons can be sold and church structures sold off for building materials.
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Re: Russian church 'taken by thieves'

Postby Praxiteles » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:15 pm

That sounds remarkably like what happened in Ballintotis in Co. Cork in the summer of 2007.
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Re: Russian church 'taken by thieves'

Postby PVC King » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:33 am

The Slovak city of Kosice was awash with looted religious material destined for EU markets for much of the 1990's almost all of it from the former soviet republics; it was tragic that the local police permitted such activity.

Ballintotis is a lot more surprising as you would think that people would have cared enough to pick up the phone
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Postby Praxiteles » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:05 pm

PVC King wrote:The Slovak city of Kosice was awash with looted religious material destined for EU markets for much of the 1990's almost all of it from the former soviet republics; it was tragic that the local police permitted such activity.

Ballintotis is a lot more surprising as you would think that people would have cared enough to pick up the phone



They did and it is presently with ABP and quite an embarrassment for Cork County Council.
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