Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said crime, drugs, and corruption caused last week's massive earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in Haiti.
Kirill said the Haitian people bore responsibility for the calamity because "they had turned away from God," the Ferghana Russian news website reported on January 18, 2010.
"Haiti is a country of poverty and crime, famine, drugs, and corruption, where people have lost their moral face," the Russian Patriarch said.
He compared Haiti with the Dominican Republic, both of which are located on the same Caribbean Island. The Dominican Republic is developing, while Haiti is affected by crimes, economic recession, and political unrest. "That part of the island was shattered by the earthquake," he said.