2021-12-24 18:21:00

Russian Church to defrock priest Stremsky convicted of child abuse

Moscow, December 24, Interfax - The Orenburg diocesan court intends to consider defrocking a priest who was sentenced on Friday to 21 years of imprisonment at a high-security facility for crimes against children.

"The Orenburg diocese hereby informs that the case of the Archpriest Nikolay Stremsky banned from service has been sent to the diocesan court. Once the state court ruling comes into effect, the matter of his defrocking will be initiated," priest Vadim Tatus, the diocese's deputy manager, wrote on Telegram.

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.

Father Nikolai, 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.