2021-12-24 14:11:00

Orenburg priest gets 21 years in penal colony for violence against children

Orenburg, December 24, Interfax - The Saraktash District Court in the Orenburg Region has pronounced a sentence on priest Nikolay Stremsky, who was charged with crimes against children, the press service for the district court told Interfax.

"He was sentenced to 21 years in a high-security penal colony with two years of freedom restriction," the press service said.

The sentencing lasted for more than an hour, the press service said.

According to earlier reports, which cited the website of the Russian Investigative Committee, the head of the Orthodox organization called the Holy Trinity Convent of Mercy Simeon was charged with rape, sexual violence, molestation, torture, improper fulfilment of duties to raise minors involving cruel treatment, and involvement of a minor in antisocial activities.

Stremsky was detained in fall 2019.

According to the investigators, the accused "committed sexual crimes against 11 minors" in 1999-2019. He was also suspected of involving children in systematic alcohol consumption.

Metropolitan Veniamin of Orenburg and Saraktash suspended Stremsky from service for the period of the investigation.

Father Nikolay, the head of Russia's largest family, was awarded the Golden Heart International Charitable Award, co-founded by the Red Cross and the Russian government, in 2006.

In 2015, the name of the head of the Saraktash Holy Trinity Convent hit headlines again after he was detained for drunk driving and resisting police.