2021-09-01 15:26:00

Associate of former schema-hegumen Sergy detained in hatred fanning case

Yekaterinburg, September 1, Interfax - Vsevolod Moguchev, an associate of Nikolay Romanov (former Ural schema-hegumen Sergy), was detained in connection with an investigation into a criminal case, an informed source told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Schismatic Sergy's press secretary Vsevolod Moguchev has been detained. The reason for the detention is a criminal case opened by the Main Investigative Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee based on Part 2 of Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (hatred fanning] against him and his curator, Nikolay Romanov," the source said.

Moguchev was detained as he was on his way to Yekaterinburg, the source said.

Official sources have not commented on this matter to Interfax.

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.

The defense lawyers appealed the two first arrests in a regional court, but it upheld the lower courts' decisions.

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. His defense lawyers appealed his arrest, but the Moscow City Court upheld the decision on February 8.