Russian Police Detain COVID-Denying Monk For Inciting Suicidal Acts Through Sermons

Russian police arrested Father Sergiy during an overnight raid of the Sredneuralsk Women’s Monastery in the Ural mountains on Dec. 29 for charges that include inciting suicidal acts through sermons.

Russian police arrested Father Sergiy during an overnight raid of the Sredneuralsk monastery in the Ural mountains on Dec. 29 for charges that include inciting suicidal acts through sermons.

After the police clashed with the monk’s supporters in the monastery near Yekaterinburg on the early hours of Dec. 29, police detained Father Sergiy and quickly flew him to Moscow where he will face trial in court for urging his supporters, including minors, to “die for Russia” during his sermons.

According to the charge sheet published in the Russian news website URA.RU, Father Sergiy “publicly urged no fewer than 10 nuns” to take their own lives and uploaded his sermon on Youtube.

The 65-year-old monk whose secular name is Nikolai Romanov, denied the accusations.

The Russian Orthodox Church stripped Father Sergiy of his rank and banned him from preaching last July after he took over the monastery by force last June.

Father Sergiy is also known to have denied the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic, has encouraged his supporters to disobey quarantine measures, and has described the vaccines as part of a scheme to control people using chips.


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