Oct 30

See also:

Russia Broadens Definition Of Treason (Financial Times)

Related book:

@Amazon.com: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

@Amazon.de: Der Mann ohne Gesicht: Wladimir Putin. Eine Enthüllung


Moscow police have discovered a brothel on the premises of a monastery whose abbot is thought to be President Vladimir Putin’s spiritual adviser.


The Sretensky Monastery the oldest Orthodox monastery in the center of Moscow

Moscow police ‘discover brothel on monastery premises’ (Telegraph, Oct 29, 2012):

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. Continue reading »

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Jun 05

Kids in HSE care ended up working in brothels (Irish Independent, June 03 2011):

Children have been going missing from State care and ending up working as sex slaves in brothels for at least three years, leaked US embassy cables reveal.

Health Service Executive (HSE) officials made the shocking admission during a private briefing of diplomats from the American Embassy in Dublin.

Details of the disclosure were contained in cables obtained by the Irish Independent through the whistle-blowing organisation WikiLeaks.

Cables reveal how foreign-born children who went missing from HSE care had been ending up in the sex trade as far back as 2008.

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Nov 08



Marta Andreasen

What does a Eurocrat need to do to get fired? Simon McGee answers the question in an astonishing report for The Sunday Times. Since that paper is now secured behind the fastness of its paywall, let me cite some of the examples he discovered in the EU’s official disciplinary record.

Cause an accident by driving one of the European Commission’s cars while drunk and you can expect to be reprimanded. Get into a brawl in a Commission building and your promotion will be delayed. Fiddle your expenses and you might actually be moved to a different post. Be found guilty by a criminal court of “living off immoral earnings and keeping a brothel” and you will be downgraded. Get yourself convicted for paedophile offences and you will have your pension cut.

But write a book attacking the euro (as Bernard Connolly did) or go public with your concerns about fraud in the budget (as Marta Andreasen did) and you will be dismissed.

Now it’s true that I don’t know the details of all these cases, though I’m pretty familiar with the last two. Perhaps, in some instances, there were mitigating circumstances. Still, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the EU regards criticism of itself as the one unpardonable offence.

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