Russian priests encourage deadbeat dads to pay up

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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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