2020-12-29 21:14:00

Moscow court arrests ex-schema-monk Sergy for 2 months

Moscow, December 29, Interfax - Moscow's Basmanny Court on Tuesday sanctioned the arrest of former schema-monk Sergy (Nikolay Romanov), whom the police detained and transferred from the Sredneuralsk Convent last night, charging him with inducement to suicide.

"The court has ruled to select custody as a measure of restraint for Nikolay Romanov (Sergy) until February 28, 2021," court spokesperson Irina Sofinskaya told Interfax on Tuesday.

Thus, the court found no grounds for ordering a softer measure of restraint, one that is not associated with incarceration, for Romanov.

After the court hearing, Romanov's attorney Ivan Mironov promised to appeal today's court ruling at the Moscow City Court.

The former schema-monk has been charged with several criminal offences such as inducement to suicide, violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion and arbitrariness.

The former spiritual leader of the Sredneuralsk Convent was apprehended by police and brought to Moscow earlier on Tuesday.

Former schema-monk Sergy, who was earlier stripped of his religious orders for violating his priestly oath, monastic vows, and several apostolic rules and church canons, was excommunicated by the Church on September 10, 2020. He has repeatedly said that he was not going to leave the Sredneuralsk Convent.