<< -- 4 -- Howard Smith STOLEN PROPERTY
Clearly someone is being paid money somewhere.
Otherwise it would be difficult to understand why,
without prior warning, representatives of the
Anglican Church began writing letters to musicians
of Ensemble XXI Moscow demanding that they vacate
the two church basement 'rehearsal' rooms.
The letters were sent on 12 April, 4 May and
18 May 2005.
Whether the Tax Inspectorate or Department for
Economic Crimes are acquainted with these facts is
still unclear. Do the statutes of Moscow Anglican
Church permit commercial activities on hallowed
ground? It seems most unlikely.
The vehicle in which the stolen goods were removed. Photo courtesy of EXXIM
At the beginning of July, the Church Administrator,
Sara Harris, signed a contract with the Dutch
Company, Voerman International, handing over the
orchestra's property, as though it were church
property. Without reference to the musicians Voerman
International promptly invaded the rehearsal rooms,
confiscating EXXIM's property, which it then
removed to the company's warehouse in two lorries.
Copyright © 21 August 2005
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand