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The arrest of Abbot Efraim on Mount Athos.

30 December 2011

Abbot Efraim, the head of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, has been arrested for money laundering and embezzlement in connection with a land swap deal that has cost the government many millions of Euros. This is a  big deal. I don’t know whether or not he is guilty.  I do know from experience not to accept at face value everything that the hierarchy of the Orthodox Church claims about the operations of their institution. But on the other hand, the allegations that they make here about the Greek government’s motives also have the appearance of being entirely plausible.

There could be two reasons behind Abbot Ephraim’s arrest. One is that the EU has now been insisting for a long time that the Athos monasteries should be stripped of their special status and subordinated to the Greek government to a greater extent. The second reason is that some people in Europe are unhappy about the growing influence of Russians in Greece.

Here are a number of further articles on this incident.

A Hagiorite Monk Is Being Sent To Prison For ‘Accusations’ They Cannot Prove!

The Holy Community of Mount Athos Stands By Elder Ephraim of Vatopaidi

Guardian of Holy Virgin’s Belt from Mt. Athos Decides To Go To Jail

Greek Abbot Jailed Pending Trial Over Land Scandal Probe That Cost Ministers Their Jobs

Cypriot Abbot To Be Held Behind Bars in Greece

Greek Monk On His Way To Jail

Photos of Elder Ephraim Leaving Mount Athos

Photos and Video of Protests Supporting Elder Ephraim

Russian Orthodox Rise in Defense of Arrested Vatopedi Monk

Patriarch Kirill Asks Greek President To Release Vatopedi Monastery Superior From Custody

Vatopedi Monk in Jail as Minister Warns ‘Meddlers’

Archimandrite Yefrem’s Arrest Violates European Human Rights Court’s Decisions – Russian Foreign Ministry

Greece Jails Abbot Ephraim in Mount Athos Fraud Case

Father Ephraim – Prisoner of Cell 2 in the Koridallos Prison

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 2 January 2012 12:16 pm

    Congratulate with Christmas by sending a postcard to his father in jail for Ephraim to the address on the website at the link

  2. 4 January 2012 4:52 pm

    Ζητωτές Παλαμά
    πρόδοσαν Ελληνισμό στον σλαβομονγολισμό με ανατολίτηκη δαιμονία
    ησυχασμο και έσφαξαν αριστοκρατία Θεσσαλονίκης να ιδρυσουν
    οβσηνα σλαβοκουμουνιάς! Εστησαν σπιούνο σφετεριστή Καντακουζινό
    με σλαβομονγολικά στρατεύματα, αξανοίγοντας θηρες δια τουρκοκρατία.
    Τοήνβης έδειξε ότι η Ζηλωτή φορολογία έπιεσε αγρότες Μικράς Ασίας
    να ασπασθούν τους Τούρκους.


  3. 10 January 2012 8:43 pm

    We need to convert Greek churches to Latin speaking because all the Yuvrey who were born in Greece and pretended to convert under Mussolini come to practice their Greek and all the Slavs come trying to make us Tsarvrey. Why do you think the Russian letters for Tz and Sh are identical with the Hebrew? If the Greeks were such nationalists, why do they allow Southern Italy to call itself Magna Grece ( Because the Greeks know the Slavs are all coming from being Yuvrey with all their crazy bubble studies and fasting and stuff. We all want to be diverse, parochial, feudal and belong to the land and no Tsarvrey universalist globalizations. That is why we all marry Catholic Italian and stay away from Slav churches.

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