2021-04-05 17:55:00

Moscow court keeps former Urals schema monk Sergy in custody

Yekaterinburg, April 5, Interfax - The Moscow City Court considered the appeal filed by the defense and upheld a lower court's decision to prolong the arrest of Sergy Romanov, former confessor of the Sredneuralsky Convent in the Sverdlovsk Region, until the end of May, lawyer Pavel Babikov told Interfax.

"The decision was upheld," he said.

Sergy was defrocked in the summer of 2020 for violating his priestly oath, monastic vows, and several apostolic rules and church canons and excommunicated by the Church on September 10, 2020. He had repeatedly said that he would not leave the Sredneuralsky Convent, but was detained in late December 2020.

On December 29, 2020, Moscow's Basmanny District Court issued an arrest warrant for former schema hegumen Sergy. He was charged with several criminal offenses, namely inducement to suicide, violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion, and arbitrariness.

On February 25, Moscow's Basmanny District Court extended arrest of Sergy until May 28.

The defense lawyers filed an appeal.