MOSCOW — Russian riot police stormed to a monastery Tuesday to detain a rebel monk that has castigated the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church direction and denied the presence of this coronavirus.
From the instant showdown, police clashed with the warrior’s supporters in the Sredneuralsk monastery out Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains.
The monk, Father Sergiy, was immediately flown to Moscow, in which a court declared his arrest. Authorities charged him with inciting suicidal activities through sermons where he encouraged believers to”expire for Russia.”
Russia’s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said Father Sergiy also faces additional criminal charges linked to his supposedly random action to take charge of this monastery.
After the virus came to Russia early this season, the 65-year-old monk refused its presence and also denounced government attempts to stem the pandemic as”Satan’s electronic camp” He’s explained the vaccines being developed from COVID-19 as part of a worldwide plot to control the masses through processors.
The monk, who has encouraged followers to disobey the government’s lockdown steps, had holed up in the monastery near Yekaterinburg he set years back. Dozens of volunteers, such as veterans of the separatist struggle in southern Ukraine, helped apply his principles, while the prioress and many nuns left.
He also denounced the mind of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, along with other high clerics as”heretics” that has to be”thrown out”
The Russian Orthodox Church stripped Father Sergiy of his abbot’s position for breaking monastic principles in July, but he resisted the judgment and dismissed police investigators’ summons. Facing stiff opposition by countless fans, church officials and local governments appeared unwilling to evict him.
Countless supporters continued rallying in the monastery hours later that he had been removed. Some cried.
Father Sergiy, that had been born since Nikolai Romanov, functioned as a police officer during Soviet times. After leaving the positions of law enforcement, he had been convicted of robbery, murder, and assault and sentenced to 13 years in prison, He also joined a church college following his release and became a monk.
The charismatic priest promptly became famous for his attempts to start new churches and monasteries from the Urals.
Father Sergiy was the most outspoken and visible of a couple of ultra-conservative clerics who’ve contested the direction of the Russian Orthodox Church. Observers have said the monk’s rebellious activities and his detention undermine the power of Patriarch Kirill.
Kurayev lamented the verdict as a penalty for sharing remarks that occasionally differed from the official position of the Moscow Patriarchate.