Russian priests encourage deadbeat dads to pay up
Bailiffs in the northwest Russian region of Leningrad are recruiting Orthodox priests to encourage deadbeat dads to support their children.
Men who refuse to pay alimony are asked to watch a film about the fate of children in need and listen to priests who encourage them to find the right path in their lives, said a spokesman for the region's bailiffs.
"In May, during a session in Priozersk, a father paid up all of the money he owed in child payment on that very day, about 60,000 rubles (1,500 euros/2000 dollars)," said the spokesman.
The Russian Orthodox Church is experiencing a major post-Soviet boom in the wake of decades of forced atheism.
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