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This has led to many, many parents cutting off their adult kids, etc.
When I lived in an apartment, they would knock on my door every few months. And they would regularly leave a half-dozen issues of "The Watchtower" in the communal laundry room.
Usually, I didn't engage them, but once I did - and was awestruck by their speaking skills. There were two of them, a black guy and white guy. The latter appeared to be in training; the black guy did most of the talking. And his speaking skills were flawless. Every word was clear; nothing mispronounced or slurred. No slang. Every sentence was perfectly structured. There were NO vocalized pauses ("um, "er," "well,")... and when I forced him off-script, he didn't falter in the slightest. We debated religion and philosophy for about 20 minutes... when we were done, I told him that I can't share his religious views, but I applauded his remarkable oratory skills.
This guy could have given Morgan Freeman a run for his money - and I don't say that lightly.
The politicking patriarch
Putin Runs The Russian State--And The Russian Church Too
Russian Orthodox Church embroiled in corruption scandal - Telegraph
In Russia, a Watch Vanishes Up Kirill?s Sleeve - The New York Times
Watching Patriarch Kirill Discredit Himself
An evil collusion between a tyrant and a man of God
Putin's God Squad: The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics
Orthodox corruption? - Al Jazeera English
1999 Guardian article about Kirill's predecessor, Alexey, and that man's past as a KGB spy: Russian Patriarch 'was KGB spy'
Russian article from 2012, which estimates His Holiness' personal net worth, at the time, at $4 billion: ??? ????????? ????????? ??????????? ??????? ? 4 ????????? ???????? ??? | ??????.?? ? ??????????????? ??????? ??????
Probably MORE now...
Pics of his yacht, the "Pallada", here
Worth $4-6.5 million, the yacht was built in the Netherlands, for the Russian Presidential Administration, Putin himself used it for awhile (he has like four or five yachts, all even bigger and nicer than this one lol)
Then, the oil corporation LUKOil apparently bought the yacht from the government, and "gifted" it to the Church haha
He has a personal Russian government plane for official visits abroad, Il-96, elite version, from the special squadron "Rossiya", just like Putin and Medvedev also use
He also has a jet gifted to him by the airline Transaero, which, ironically, is in big financial troubles at the moment, and may get taken over by Aeroflot at some point lol
And he has like three other private jets
And here, he meets a delegation from the Greek Orthodox Church on his personal train
The Greeks were said to have been shocked by his opulent lifestyle lmao
I had to look at that article from Novaya Gazeta. The article says that he had amassed 4 billion in wealth before he ascended to the patriarchal throne. On wikipedia I see that's 2009. I think you are absolutely right. By now that's probably far far greater. Horrible.
JWs' peculiar brand of sect originates from...
Their current HQ is located in...
See your local consulate.
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Russian Supreme Court starts the process to outlaw the JWs: Russian Court Considers Outlawing Jehovah's Witnesses | Time.com
In other funny news, it is also now against the law to draw Putin as gay, or, at least, to share such an image: Itís now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown
I'm not a persecuting kind of guy. Not my bag. But I have to admit.
If I were.
They'd be high on the list