Moscow, December 29, Interfax - The former schema-hegumen of the Sredneuralsky Convent, Sergy Romanov who was arrested by a court in Moscow is suspected of persuading 10 nuns to commit suicide, the Russian Investigative Committee said.
"He [Romanov] has publicly urged at least ten nuns living in the monastery to commit suicide. Later, realizing that his calls could be reach an indefinite wide range of people and entail socially dangerous consequences, he posted a video of his speech on the Internet, containing signs of inciting believers to commit suicide under the guise of the religious ideology of Christianity," the Investigative Committee said in a statement released on its website on Tuesday.
The Investigative Committee noted that Sergy did not admit his guilt in committing these crimes.
He was earlier convicted of murder and assault related to robbery to 13 years in prison, and after serving his sentence, he was released in the late 1990s, the Investigative Committee said.