19 July 2010, 17:04
Criminal authority nicknamed Mackintosh impoverished Russian parish in Cannes, its rector says
Moscow, July 19, Interfax - Rector of St. Michael Church in Cannes (the Russian Church Abroad) priest Maxim Massalitin complained of notorious criminal authority Leonid Bilunov (nicknamed Mackintosh).
"Former chairman of the church parochial association Leonid Bilunov, who boasted with his "donations" he claimed to had made to restore the Orthodox church, in fact did not help the parish, but even finally ruined it," Fr. Maxim told Interfax-Religion.
According to him, for four years in the parish Bilunov (who was excluded from the parochial association on April 25, 2010 - IF) haven't made "any attempts to restore a church or any other parochial building."
"When the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad appointed me its Rector, the parish was very devastated, if not ruined," the priest said.
He pointed out that Mackintosh "trying to retain power in his hands" used "most shameless methods of struggle" against Fr. Maxim, preventing his family from coming to Cannes "with the help of slanderous letters piled on French law enforcement agencies and even Russian authorities."
Commenting on one of such letters, the Moscow Patriarchate wrote: "Information provided by Mr. Bilunov in his letter is false and provocative."
"As he didn't achieve his goals, Mr. Bilunov went to a filthy provocation. On the first day of the Lent, February 15, he made an attempt to build trestle around the church in order to show that he started restoration. Doing it without notifying the parochial association, without any permission of the municipal bodies, he endangered agreements just reached with the city mayor office regarding real restoration of the church," the interviewee of the agency said.
Earlier in his interview to Russian media, Bilunov blamed Fr. Maxim in not letting him restore the church building.