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Priest flaunts designer gear on Instagram

Tue 11 Dec 2018
By Rosie Wright

Father Vyacheslav Baskakov, a Russian Orthodox priest is facing disciplinary action for his habitual posting of designer purchases on the social media site Instagram.

He posted pictures of high end Louis Vuitton luggage, designer slippers and Gucci shoes with buckles on them.

 

The Instagram account that the photos were posted to has since been taken down after they were attracting attention online. Screenshots of his Instagram posts have since been shared by others online.
Church leaders have rebuked Baskakov for "poor taste" and said a disciplinary committee had been convened to "bring [him] to his senses".

 

On social media he was criticised by one tweeter @RusiaSeMueve for "not making a vow of poverty"

A spokesman for Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church is quoted in the guardian saying "I hope this will bring this shepherd to account... and to find the words and actions to bring him to reason, so that these kinds of things will not happen again."

The priest has since apologised for his social media activity.

In a letter he wrote "I am very ashamed and I bear full responsibility for this"

"I will pay penance and close Instagram, since I do not know how to behave modestly and adequately"

He also admitted that some of the pictures were taken in shops and were not of items that he owned.

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