02 September 2021, 18:13
Defrocked priest Sergy's supporter remanded in custody – court
Yekaterinburg, September 2, Interfax - The Leninsky District Court in Yekaterinburg has ruled on the detention of a supporter of former schema-hegumen Sergy (Nikolay Romanov).
Vsevolod Moguchev has been "remanded in custody until October 20, 2021," his lawyer Mikhail Tolmachyov told Interfax on Thursday.
The defense team intends to appeal the ruling.
Moguchev was indicted of "inciting hatred," Tolmachyov said.
Earlier, a source told Interfax that Moguchev had been held as part of a criminal inquiry into him and his curator Romanov. Moguchev was taken to Yekaterinburg on Wednesday.
The inquiry was prompted by the allegations about online video clips posted on the "Vsevolod Moguchev" Internet site, the source said. "The video content propagated hatred and animosity towards Judaists and Muslims," they said.
Moguchev left a special detention facility in Yekaterinburg, where he was under arrest in connection with some administrative cases, on February 9.
According to earlier reports, courts in Yekaterinburg and Verkhnyaya Pyshma in the Sverdlovsk Region gave Moguchev a total of 45 days of administrative arrest in three cases: for resisting police on December 31, 2020 and for fanning hatred or feud, as well as belittling human dignity on January 12 and January 25.
The first case, according to Moguchev's lawyer, was opened after his client allegedly refused to comply with police officers' demand to get out of a taxi in the evening of December 28. The second one was opened over a June 8, 2020 repost of a video with Sergy on Moguchev's public page on the VK social network. The third case was opened for the filming and publication of a video on the channel Tsarsky Krest in April 2020.
Former schema-hegumen Sergy, who was defrocked in the summer of 2020 for violating his priestly oath, monastic vows, and several apostolic rules and church canons, was excommunicated by the Church on September 10, 2020. He repeatedly said he had no intention of leaving the Sredneuralsky Convent.
Moscow's Basmanny District Court issued an arrest warrant for Sergy on December 29, 2020. He was charged with inducement to suicide, violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion, and arbitrariness.