Moscow, February 17 (Interfax) - The Moscow Patriarchate official one more time assuaged rumors that the Church sold tobacco and vodka in 1990s.
"No vodka was sold. There was a humanitarian help, sometimes it came in form of wine and cigarettes. It was transferred to secular organizations. Secular organizations did with it whatever they wanted - perhaps, someone sold it, someone threw it out, I don't know," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said in his interview with the Svobodnaya Pressa Publishing House.
According to him, there were even "stranger things then."
"I remember that students of the Moscow Theological Schools received humanitarian help where they found cigarettes and condoms," the priest said.
Once, he further said, the Church got several thousands fridge engines, "unnecessary things were often sent."