About how the High Priest of the Putin Reich, Patriarch Kirill (he is already a KGB agent Mikhailov) amassed his billions of dollars in speculation in tobacco, alcohol, and oil (exempted from taxes and excise taxes) in the dashing 1990s, how he, the head of the bandit empire of the Russian Orthodox Church, eliminated its competitors, many have already written. It was first sighted on the patriarch’s wrist in 2009 during a visit to Ukraine, where he gave a televised interview on the importance of asceticism. Around this time, observant critics noted that the patriarch had been seen on several occasions wearing a Swiss Breguet watch valued at more than $30,000. Before our eyes we are witnessing the destruction of this institution.”, The Rev. “But it cannot be funny. Kirill is certainly the only religious figure that has ever inspired any confidence in me or anyone with my politics. A cleric should not turn into a personal growth coach or a psychologist, said His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the annual Diocesan meeting of Moscow, held in a video conference format on … Patriarch Kirill publicly backed Vladimir V. Putin in last month’s presidential election. A luxurious Breguet watch has come back to haunt Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The controversy, which erupted Wednesday when attentive Russian bloggers discovered the airbrushing, further stoked anger over the church’s often lavish displays of wealth and power. Patriarch Kirill's watch has been a subject of controversy ever since he wore it on a visit to Ukraine in 2009. 2 years ago | 1 view. Russian Patriarch Kirill starts UK trip. Iran to boost uranium enrichment to 20%, UN says, Bodycam shows Minneapolis police shooting. He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox … Kirill, who was the Metropolitan of Smolensk, succeeds Alexei II who died in December after 18 years as head of the Russian Church. It has extended its influence into a broad range of public life, including schools, courts and politics. Patriarch Kirill found Breguet watch among his presents, but says he never wore it *** The Primate wears not expensive watch with coat of arms - Medvedev's present Moscow, March 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia explained the situation with Swiss watch … Despite the airbrushing the watch's presence was given away by its reflection on a polished table top. The Russian Orthodox Church has apologised for showing a photo of its leader Patriarch Kirill that was doctored to airbrush out a luxury watch he was wearing. 'I'm Australian - why do I need to prove my loyalty? Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. $30,000 Watch Vanishes Up Church Leader’s Sleeve. Latest News. patriarch kirill: kgb agent, billionnaire, and orthodox "hawk" He is the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations (OVTsS) of the Moscow Patriarchate, permanent member of the Holy Synod, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. Russian Orthodox Church patriarch Kirill Gundyaev embraces apparent Chabadnik Jew. "There will be a thorough investigation to determine why in this instance there was a crude violation of our internal ethical code. Vladimir Resin, a former deputy mayor of Moscow, was once photographed wearing a DeWitt, the Pressy Grande Complication, reportedly worth more than $1 million. Join Facebook to connect with Patriarch Kirill and others you may know. Mikhail V. Gundyaev, died in 1974. 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In a telephone interview, he said that the controversy over the watch was distracting attention from more serious questions, like “the borders of artistic freedom and the meaning of the Gospels today.”. The original photo, dated July 3, 2009, showed Kirill, 65, wearing the expensive watch, according to the BBC. Intense public interest over what model of watch Patriarch Kirill wears was first sparked in July 2009 during his visit to Ukraine. .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playWhat's in store for US President-elect Biden in 2021? Strange coincidence is that Patriarch Cyril's father Michael, a local priest in st. Petersburg (Leningrad) baptized in … 50 minutes ago LIVE: Mayor Turner, other officials address COVID-19 vaccine questions and concerns. After heated debate about it in the Russian blogosphere the Patriarchate first removed the enlarged image from the site and then removed the image altogether. His mother, Raisa V. Gundyaeva, a teacher of German, … [2] [3] During the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly controversy , Patriarch Kirill was the presiding chairman of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church when the decision was made to break Eucharistic communion … The most extensive dossier on this business was … Coincidentally, the patriarch addressed the watch issue on Sunday, three days before the photo-doctoring scandal hit the blogosphere, in an interview with a prominent Kremlin-friendly television journalist, Vladimir Solovyov. More recently, Metropolitan Kirill (agent Mikhaylov), who had been an influential representative to the World Council of Churches since 1971 and after 1975 a member of the WCC Central Committee, was in 2009 elected patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.” WATCH: Patriarch Kirill Believes Liberalism is a Sin, Elites Need to Repent! 2 years ago | 1 view. It also struck yet another blow to the moral authority of Russian officialdom, which has been dwindling rapidly in light of recent scandals involving police abuse, electoral fraud and corruption. Russian Patriarch Kirill starts UK trip. A journalist who met Kirill to discuss the allegations told Vesti FM radio that the Patriarch had acknowledged receiving a luxury watch as a gift but that he had not worn it. By Lord Dreadnought Translated from the Russian May 27, 2016 Anno Domini. The Patriarchate claims Kirill's watch, whose case is reportedly made from white gold and the wristlet from crocodile leather, was a gift from a wealthy parishioner. Perceptive observers identified the model as a Breguet, which costs about 30,000 euros. “The church can, of course, inspire fear or evoke respect, and even make mistakes,” Vladimir Varfolomeyev, a prominent liberal commentator, wrote on Facebook. Clergymen should not indulge in social media at the expense of liturgical and parish activities. The Russian Orthodox Church Web site later restored it. It is not likely that the apology will end the debate about the watch or dampen the increasingly barbed discussions of the church’s role in Russian society. A journalist who met Kirill to discuss the allegations told Vesti FM radio that the Patriarch had acknowledged receiving a luxury watch as a gift but that he had not worn it. Roy Batty Daily Stormer October 21, 2019. Official crime figures show around 1,000 children are murdered every year in South Africa, nearly three a day. VideoWhat's in store for US President-elect Biden in 2021? © 2021 BBC. Literally no one else comes to mind. Many officials have come under fire after being photographed wearing timepieces with price tags far exceeding their annual salaries. VideoThe train carriage for stray pets, 'We welcomed the Brexit deal like a Christmas present', India's love affair with classic British motorbikes. As the Primate of the Russian Orthodox … Last week the Patriarch told a Russian interviewer, Vladimir Solovyov, that expensive watches were not part of his official attire. Then there is the question of the church’s wealth. The gold Breguet watch is estimated to be worth more than $30,000 (£19,000) and was spotted by Russian bloggers. More eighty percent of Romanians are Orthodox. Sorting through gifts he had received over the years, the patriarch discovered that he did indeed own the Breguet, Mr. Solovyov said. BBC Future: Are there health benefits to going vegan? The guilty ones will be punished severely," it said. Playing next. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Russia’s often acerbic bloggers reacted to the scandal with something approaching glee. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Russia country profile, US Congress overrides Trump defence bill veto. рі́ллъ, secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев; born 20 November 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop.He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on 1 February 2009. The church apologized for the deception on Thursday and restored the original photo to the site, but not before Patriarch Kirill weighed in, insisting in an interview with a Russian journalist that he had never worn the watch, and that any photos showing him wearing it must have been doctored to put the watch on his wrist.