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Anyone know David Copperfield's whereabouts right now? From Reuters-

A church has vanished from the Russian village where it stood for almost 200 years, the local diocese said Tuesday.

The Church of Christ's Resurrection, in the central Russian village of Komarovo, was built in 1809 but in early October someone took it away brick by brick, Father Vitaly a spokesman for the local Russian Orthodox Church, told Reuters.

"We have sent a letter to local prosecutors," he said. "Who exactly did this, the investigation will show."

The church was in an isolated area only occasionally visited by clergymen, so the disappearance was not immediately noticed.

Komarovo is in the Ivanovo region, about 300 km (186.4 miles) north-east of Moscow. The church was not in use but clergy had been considering resuming services there, the Ivanovo-Voznesenskaya and Kineshemskaya diocese said in a statement on its Internet site.

A survey of the large, two-storey church a few months ago found that it was structurally sound, but now all that remains are the foundations and sections of walls, the statement said.

Thieves routinely make off with church property in rural Russia, where unemployment, petty crime and alcoholism are widespread.

Your average drunken unemployed thief won't be able to dismantle a church. Anyone think this story is fake?


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Comments (8)

Obviously an MIT college pr... (Below threshold)

Obviously an MIT college prank. That would be Moscow, not Massachusetts.

I remember reading 40+ years ago of the high-level pranks then being played by freshmen at MIT. Massachusetts, not Moscow. One upper classman had the doorway to his room bricked over to exactly match the rest of the bricks in the wall, and that was 15 years before Pink Floyd.

Someone rich dude bought it... (Below threshold)

Someone rich dude bought it? The way they might buy a castle?

Somewhere in Russia a new h... (Below threshold)

Somewhere in Russia a new house in being constructed for somebody -- perhaps someone high up in the Politburo?

Wasn't there a Monty Python... (Below threshold)

Wasn't there a Monty Python sketch where a guy tried to break all these world records including eating a brick building?

It is not technically diffi... (Below threshold)

It is not technically difficult to dismantle a brick building. All one needs is a strong back, sledge hammers, various chisels and pry bars and a truck to haul it away. There is quite possibly a market for antique bricks in Russia and/or Europe for new buildings. The market the same in the U.S. is on again, off again. If the Church was in an out of the way place and the theives were careful it could be done. Think of it as a new way of being green. They didn't steal the bricks, they recycled them.

Grand Theft God.J.... (Below threshold)

Grand Theft God.


I've seen 100+ drunken (and... (Below threshold)

I've seen 100+ drunken (and stoned, and crack-smoking) thieves pull down and cart off vacant buildings right in the middle of large cities - even large industrial structures - here in the US, so yes, I can see this happening. Took them a week or two, but they kept at it. Not quite sure you understand the power of poor people in large groups.

It's the name of the church... (Below threshold)

It's the name of the church, Bill. It's been removed and used for something else. St. Petersburg has quite a history of the "eye spy". Anyone can dress up like a drunk or a bum, or both.






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