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As the orchestra functioned for the most part on a
charitable basis, it made next to no profit. So the
Anglican Church offered the orchestra two rooms; and
in return the musicians played at services and
charity concerts, raising funds for the renovation
of St Andrew's historic building.
Everything went well until another organization
appeared in the church's basement. The presence of
ROOF (Russian Orphanage Opportunity Fund)'s office
and the orchestra rehearsal rooms was acceptable on charitable
grounds, but editorial offices of the journal Oil and
Gas, a Eurasia monthly published by Eurasia Press Inc,
USA could not be justified in any way.
An impressive list of advertisers, amongst which are
the biggest oil companies, speaks for itself.
It is difficult, however, to understand what this
specialized bi-lingual publication has to do with
the Anglican Church. When the Moscow press sought an
explanation from the monthly's Chief Editor, Pat
Davis Szymcsak, their Russian journalist received an
irate, ill-mannered reception and was advised to see
Lygia O'Riordan, artistic director of Ensemble XXI Moscow, with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Photo courtesy of EXXIM
The hapless journalist had asked Ms Szymcsak to whom
she pays money for the rent of her offices, as well
as her taxes. Later it was discovered that the
proprietor, the State Property Commission, has no
dealings with Eurasian Press Inc.
Copyright © 21 August 2005
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand