Priest flaunts luxurious lifestyle by posting Gucci and Louis Vuitton products online, faces church's wrath
The priest Vyacheslav Baskakov shared pictures which featured products like luxury slippers, silver-buckled shoes, as well as Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage
A Russian Orthodox priest will be punished for his Instagram posts which feature many luxury and extravagant items from high-end brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
The priest, Vyacheslav Baskakov, shared pictures which featured products like luxury slippers, silver-buckled shoes, as well as Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage which are all estimated to cost hundreds of pounds. The pictures of Baskakov were taken down from Instagram last week after they began to draw a lot of attention.
As reported by The Moscow Times, church leaders have called out Baskakov for "poor taste" and have said that a disciplinary committee has been summoned to "bring him to his senses." The spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill shared, "I hope this will bring this shepherd to account. The life of a priest cannot be divided between the personal and public and no clergyman can act like a priest in a church from the morning until lunch and then be whoever he wants from lunch until evening."
Krill had himself experienced a similar scandal in the year 2012 after he was caught wearing a Breguet watch estimated to cost around $30,000 (£24,000). His aides helped him by airbrushing the luxury watch out of a photograph but did not erase the watch face's reflection which showed in a polished wooden table. The church then apologized.
On Sunday, Baskakov apologized for his photographs and said he would "suffer penance and shut down the Instagram since I can’t behave myself humbly and appropriately." He also explained that he had shared the questionable pictures online due to a social media habit of "posting everything that was pleasant and not sinful."
"I tried to be an open person. I was warned [against it], but I fought for this freedom," he added. However, he denied owning the products from Gucci and Louis Vuitton and said that he had clicked most of the pictures in stores. He also said that he had stitched on expensive-looking buckles on his initially modest footwear. He wrote, "So they’re inexpensive shoes, but they look festive."