29 Oct '16, 10am

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

Image: St. Petersburg Archdiocese The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg, where the archdiocese recently published photographs taken on Metropolit Varsonofiya’s travels to Greece. In one of the happy images, journalists spotted what appears to be a Rolex Daytona 116509 — a wristwatch that retails for roughly 2.5 million rubles ($40,000). Varsonofiya went to Mt. Athos on Oct. 23, where he met with the new abbot at a monastery operating within the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Varsonofiya’s own account, he congratulated the abbot on being selected to his new position, and gifted him a holy cross. To mark the occasion, the church released several photographs of the meeting, including one picture revealing part of what appears to be Varsonofiya’s very expensi...

Full article: https://globalvoices.org/2016/10/28/yet-another-scandal-f...

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