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09 July 2010 :: 13:07:29 pm 30203

Russian Church Remain Impartial over Pletnev Case

Following the recent arrest of infamous Russian musician Mikhail Pletnev, the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand has released a statement regarding the case via Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin. The church, while remaining impartial in the case, revealed that they would be willing to provide pastoral advice and consoltation to Mr. Pletnev should he request such services.
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Pattaya, the 8th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Due to the increased international media attention in the case of Mr. Pletnev, several media outlets, primarily Russian, had called for the immediate intervention of the Russian Orthodox Church in the matter.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, represented by Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, revealed its firm objection to crimes of a sexual nature committed against children, stating that its is a “very serious sin which affects the child physically and mentally whilst mortifying their soul.” The Archimandrite confirmed that both he and the church supported Thailand’s tough laws regard such acts and supported the further vigilant protection of children in the Kingdom.

Posed a hypothetical question, as to whether the Orthodox Church of Thailand would be willing to assist and represent Mr. Pletnev in his situation, the Archimandrite explained that he did not see what assistance the church could give. Archimandrite Cherepanin revealed that the church primarily gave spiritual advice/healing and that given Mr. Pletnev’s situation he is unlikely to need any little financial or legal support that the church could provide.

The press release by the Russian Orthodox Church of Thailand comes after various sections of, primarily the Russian media, had begun to request and somewhat lambast the church for not intervening or at least commenting on the case of Mr. Pletnev, a prominent pianist, composer and conductor with international acclaim. “As an orthodox Christian and priest, I have not reason to refuse anyone pastoral care, if I am the one asked to perform such a duty I will gladly do so,” explained the Archimandrite and Spokesperson for the Russian Orthodox Church of Thailand.

Contrary to the press release by the church, a Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights Foundation (Pattaya) spokesperson Mr. Supagon Noja has revealed his anger at the lenient treatment being given to Mr. Pletnev. “I’m really disappointed. He should not have been granted bail. I am absolutely convinced that he will not return for trial. Although he owns several properties including houses (in Thailand) he can sell them through agents,” stated Mr. Supagon after being informed that Mr. Pletnev had been granted travel allowance and had subsequently left the country.

Mr. Pletnev is currently released on Bt300,000 bail and has been granted travel permission by the Thai courts in order to complete various work commitments, including an upcoming orchestra performance in Ohrid, Macedonia on the 12th of July. He is next required to report to the Pattaya District Court on the 18th of July.

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