Russian Gucci priest probed for flaunting designer goods on Instagram

A Russian Gucci priest who flaunted luxury items including Louis Vuitton bags and Gucci shoes on his Instagram account will face a disciplinary committee, an Orthodox Church spokesman said Monday.

Vyacheslav Baskakov deleted the images of himself posing in his frock with the designer goods after they were picked up by Russian media and shared online last week.

Russian Gucci priest probed for flaunting designer goods on Instagram lailasnews
Russian Gucci priest probed for flaunting designer goods on Instagram


“Such actions are not acceptable. The Church requires modesty and temperance of its representatives,” Alexander Volkov, spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, told AFP.

Volkov said the Gucci priest would face a disciplinary committee in the Tver region where he is based, north of the capital.

The spokesman stressed this was not a criminal probe and that the “vast majority of Russian Orthodox Church priests live very modestly”.

He did not give a date for any hearing nor comment on a likely punishment.

Baskakov is not the first Church representative to find himself in hot water over luxury goods.

Patriarch Kirill caused a stir when he wore what was identified as a Breguet watch that costs around 30,000 euros during a trip to Ukraine in 2009.

The Church on a separate occasion admitted it had doctored a photo of Kirill on its website to erase his watch, after internet users spotted the lavish timepiece was reflected on a polished table but was not present on his wrist.

Bloggers also found the patriarch was the owner of a luxury Moscow flat.

The Church’s wealth and political power has grown enormously since Vladimir Putin rose to the presidency, with the Russian government handing back much of the property confiscated during Soviet times.

240 Comments

  1. He shouldn’t have done that because by so doing he is putting the other priests into temptations to be like him so he should be punished.

  2. That is good for him, next time he we not be able to do such things again, and den it we be inform of lession to other people’s that nomally do the same thing did

  3. He’s is not supposed to do that,the public might interpret wrongly for the position he holds in the church.

  4. I think there should be rule guiding the priest you must dress moderately cos all Gucci and LV are vanity upon vanity a priest for that matter.

  5. Their are poor people around he can help with some of this money stock in materials, Some people can not
    eat even twice in a day, and a priest is buying all this, please be modesty, beside you don’t have any company of your own, is still the church money.

  6. As a priest just bear in mind that people are looking unto you for perfect and simple life..so flaunting all those designers good might not be acceptable in the church..people would be seeing it as if you are acting proudly. .

  7. If his displaying of Gucci products are not acceptable by the church,then he should abide by it, well that is their believe, but I don’t think he should be criticised for it

  8. Some priest are not really called for Gods work some entered because they see that other are doing good on it

  9. You can imagine that, is celebrity that do flaunt material things before now what are the priests tuning the world into this days

  10. I don’t think he need all this designer stuff., after all he’s a priest..he need to live a very simple life entirely..and he need to realised he serve as a role model to many people..Try live a simply life priest

  11. Nawo I wonder what the members we learn from this kind of person,if he wants to flex he should resign so that he can enjoy life nonsense.

  12. I don’t think what this man has done is bad to cause him a disciplinary action…except it is forbiddingly for a priest to look good

  13. There are certain things that were not suppose to be seen in men of the pulpit…..what do you expect from the congregation to do….putting fashion and stylish lifestyle..

  14. thou should not judged a man so that you will not be judged too by another man. please leave the priest to be judged by God. you are not the one that called him

  15. Why would a priest flaunts all this it looks as if he his worldly besides what message is he passing across

  16. poor people outside needed help and a priest is buying all this, please be modesty,
    beside you have no source of income except church money , is still the church money.

  17. mind that people are looking unto you for perfect and simple life..so flaunting all those designers good might not be acceptable in the church.

  18. I know that when sworn nit priesthood there are certain vows that are made and one of them is to accept the life of poverty . He is going against his vows .

  19. You guys should leave that man naaa,what’s wrong with what he did now,he only wore a designer wear.so what’s the big deal now ?

  20. A “Priest”….. Not at all he didn’t deserve to be a priest why can’t he just abide in the church doctrine… This is somehow funny Flaunting Designers LMAO

  21. The priest is supposed to know the rules and regulations guiding them. So if what he has done is wrong according to their rules, then he should be punished.

  22. Well as a priest he should be modest in his spending there are thing that should not be allowed but alot of eyes are on him…. But at the same time he should be able to spend his own money without been questioned

  23. Grow with the increase that’s from God!
    You’ve died with Christ and are set free from the ruling spirits of the universe. Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world? Why do you obey such rules as  “Don’t handle this,” “Don’t taste that,” “Don’t touch the other”? Colossians 2:20-21

  24. Some are into religious assignment today for showy display of ones means of life. Riches is their primary objective.

  25. Moderation and modesty is key, even though he can afford such luxury, flaunting it is wrong as others that can’t afford it will be tempted.

  26. He is a priest for crying out loud,is not everything u see people do u will do as a priest so he is wrong

  27. Good,as a priest you are not suppose to do certain things, which can tarnish the image of the Christendom,he should stop leaving extravagant life,he should face disciplinary council, so that he can be brought to order

  28. Dere is nothing wrong to advertise it goods online but bad boys will not let u b day is 1 of disadvantage

  29. priest of this days. God’s judgement will be great. may God help some people who Laid all their hopes on money than their calls.

  30. He did wrong. As a priest or pastor, there are certain things you can’t do publicly and this act is one of them. Your position in the society as a clergy man has restricted you to some certain behaviors in the public and I think the church did well to call him to order and be disciplined.

  31. There are rules guiding the priest, you can’t just act randomly, all these shoes and bags are vanity upon vanity.

  32. The church required modesty, I think the priest should be disciplined before it becomes a norm in the church.

  33. Such actions are not supposed to be acceptable. The Church is suppose to require modesty and temperance of its representatives. He’s not suppose to be a priest.

  34. The Bible says let your modesty be known to all men. But I don’t see any thing wrong with looking good

  35. I don’t see anything wrong with that because is someone that manufacture it and is for sell to everyone once you have money to afford it

  36. Hmmm this kind of priest I have never seen. How will a priest be showing such worldly attribute. Is he really a priest

  37. Everything now finds it’s way online for discussion. Shoes someone wore and was picked by the camera? At times I don’t understand the direction these guys wants us to head to. If the shoes are made in Ariaria, will they discuss about it?

  38. I think don’t probing the priest was right . I guess the money should be his and he can use it for anything he wants

  39. The priest slays mehn. He knows the church doctrines forbids luxury, why did he still go contrary to what the orthodox Church preached

  40. Lolz! I feel all these priests should be given a break. Inasmuch as they are serving God, they’re still humans- flesh and blood. They are imperfect, as they try to follow what God says they some times deviate because they’re not perfect. What’s wrong with flaunting what you have? So bcos he’s a priest then automatically it’s peoples money? What if he’s working online….

  41. Ministers of God should model Christ and the apostles
    Flaunting expensive stuffs ain’t no way of representing that role

  42. The priest should know that the church doesnt allow display of luxurious items or lifestyles as their lives should reflect christ exemplary lifestyle

  43. He’s not suppose to do that. He should understand better that there are certain thing a priest must not do publicly. He should face it since he knows the rules of priesthood

  44. There are some things a priest should do, use social media to spread the gospel and don’t use it to stating showing off material things.. It doesn’t talk well for what u represent “THE CHURCH”

  45. He shouldn’t have done that because by so doing he is putting the other priests into temptations to be like him so he should be punished.

  46. I don’t see anything wrong with it unless he got the money in a wrong way although I think he should dedicate some to the poor instead of flaunting them like that

  47. This is not a moral standard for some one that people especially in the religious circle look upon.well the authority said he will face disciplinary action, which is a good way to preserve modesty and discipline in the church.

  48. This is so absurd. What legacy is he leaving behind? He is supposed to be more concerned about the things of the Lord than worldly things

  49. This is insane, what is wrong with someone flaunting what he has? infact i dont even lnow what to tell you people.

  50. You should choose one . It’s either you serve God or you serve the world.All these luxuries as a priest is really not good

  51. A priest is expected to be modest in everything he does, the way he speaks, eats, dresses and everything he does

  52. Na wa o. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this.
    The man is enjoying his life and as long as it’s genuine money, it’s fine.
    Being a priest doesn’t mean he cannot live a luxury life.

  53. He’s is not supposed to do that,the public might interpret wrongly for the position he holds in the church.

  54. Leadership is by example. He’s not showing a good example as exemplified by Jesus Christ. There are many destitute that he could help with the money instead of him lavishing it on perishable goods.

  55. We are in a modern world, everything nowadays is all about packaging. The priest didn’t dull himself o

  56. Priests are also human if they fail as spiritualists let’s know they are also human and can make mistakes we don’t have to judge them

  57. As priest he shouldn’t have b showing up on social media with expensive goods like that based on their rules

  58. I don’t think if anything is wrong with that but anyway he should focuse on his calling and leave all this things

  59. I think it should not be a problem as far as the properties is his and not gotten through illegal ways

  60. I don’t see anything wrong with that because is someone that manufacture it and is for sell to everyone once you have money to afford it

  61. He shouldn’t have done that because by so doing he is putting the other priests into temptations to be like him so he should be punished.

  62. Such actions are not acceptable. The Church requires modesty and temperance of its representatives,” Alexander Volkov, spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, told AFP.

  63. The priest is meant to know the rules and regulations governing them. So if what he has done is wrong according to their rules, then he should be penalized

Should I quit the relationship over this her behaviour Man asks lailasnews 2

Should I quit the relationship over this my girlfriend’s behaviour? Man asks

Senate pays N85.5million as Dariye allowances in prison lailasnews 2

Senate pays N85.5million as Dariye allowances in prison