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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
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.

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Copyright © 21 August 2005 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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