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Russian Patriarch becomes $660,000 richer thanks to dust
Former Healthcare Minister Yury Shevchenko will pay 19.7 million rubles (approximately $660,000) to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to compensate the damage caused to the patriarch's apartment. Shevchenko had to sell his apartment in St. Petersburg to be able to pay the fine.
The lawsuit against the former healthcare minister was filed last year by Patriarch's sister, Lidia Leonova. The plaintiff said that Shevchenko caused financial damage to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church as he was renovating his apartment in Moscow's highly prestigious building on the embankment of the Moscow River. It was presumably the construction dust, which caused the damage. The dust ruined many books and other things in Patriarch's apartment. The damage was evaluated at 19.7 million rubles.
It was determined during investigation that the dust contained harmful substances which could cause damage to human health. The nano-particles in the dust may trigger the development of a variety of highly dangerous diseases, including cancer.
The court ordered the former minister to compensate his neighbors for the damage, which the construction dust caused during renovation works.
Patriarch stated that "it would be incorrect" to forgive Mr. Shevchenko. The procedure to clean the books cost the high-ranking clergyman 14 million rubles. Patriarch also said in one of his recent interviews that he would donate the compensation for charity, Lenta.ru website said.