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Greek Orthodox leader caught in 600 million USD fraud

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Archimandrite Ephraim is one of Christian Orthodoxy’s leading spiritual figures. Now he face prison for fraud.

Also, the Greek government “ceded” to the Vatopaid monks some 800 hectares of land valuable from the angle of tourism. The area is located near the town of Ouranoupolis in the vicinity of Mount Athos.

In exchange, the monks handed to the Greek Government some 8,000 hectares of land in the country‘s north. The attorneys claim the transactions inflicted a damage of USD 100 million as a minimum on the national budget.

The Greek criminal justice system is today in the dock having used extraordinary methods to “capture”.

Abbot Ephraim the leader of the largest monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, and one of Christian Orthodoxy’s leading spiritual figures.

The Russian Government and the Russian Orthodox Church have made strong protests to the Greek Government:

  “Such actions on the part of authorities of a country that is Eastern Orthodox under the provisions of its Constitution can only be regarded as an instance of inadmissible politicization of court investigations,” the Foundation of St Andrew the First said in a special statement.

The Itar Tass news agency in a report said:

”The foundation urged the Greek judiciary to ensure a fair and unbiased investigation of litigations between the state and the monastery. It also called on the Greek nation to remain committed to the spirit and values of Eastern Orthodox Christianity and to stay away from involvement in the politically motivated court cases:.


The statement also said the Foundation officials were quite “astonished upon noting the fact that the court passed a decision on taking archimandrite Ephraim to custody soon after his return to Russia where he escorted the Virgin Mary’s girdle.”

Source: The London Daily 

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