I used to remark in a lighter vein that you will find a Church,Nunnery,Seminary,Hospital,School and grave yard very near by or in some cases under the same complex!
Two 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.
A video of the alleged brothel showed leather harnesses, chains and whips hanging in a basement and Podushkin’s website advertises rooms in the hotel “fitted out for erotic games”.
Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church took a harsh stance earlier this year when three members of the Pussy Riot feminist opposition group staged a “punk prayer” during which they danced a cancan in Moscow’s main cathedral, Christ the Saviour.
The church leader, who is a close ally of Mr Putin, called the protest blasphemous. The three women were later convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, although one has since been released on appeal.
Critics of the church say its moral posturing is eroded by the behaviour of senior clerics. Patriarch Kirill was pilloried in April for wearing a £20,000 Breguet watch and a priest in Moscow came under scrutiny in August aftercrashing a BMW Z4 roadster with Maltese license plates.
The fact that a commercial car-wash operates underneath Christ the Saviour has also been ridiculed.
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Some pranks are hilarious ,some irritating and some obnoxious.
This is what is called ‘Hoisting on his own petard’
Life is quirky ans contrary to what people think Fate , in general kind, but don’t tempt it often.
“In an ironic twist of fate, an actor on his way to the Hamptons International Film Festival to see a film about his immigration journey was picked up by federal immigration officials.
Customs and Border Protection agents took Praq Rado, a 31-year-old Albanian-born actor who has lived in America for 11 years without documentation, into custody on Thursday while he was on board an Amtrak train in Buffalo, the agency confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
“Dreaming American,” a short narrative based on Rado’s life, makes its East Coast premiere during the film festival at the East Hampton movie theater on Monday at 8 p.m. He was due to speak at the festival headquarters at c/o the Maidstone on Sunday afternoon.
Lee Percy, who wrote and directed “Dreaming American,” confirmed Rado was traveling to East Hampton for the screening.
Rado is the lead actor in the 24-minute film that tells the story of his immigration journey, including how he escaped from Albania, without papers. He was thrown overboard from a ship off the Italian coast and made his way to shore.
“Family opposition to the prevailing regime had sharply curtailed his access to education or any sort of meaningful future. Even his personal safety was in jeopardy; his father’s death is still shrouded in mystery and political intrigue,” Percy said in a statement, adding that Rado dreamed of “living without fear of sectarian or political violence.”