The mystic Sergei, an ultra-conservative monk with a crooked previous, ends his days within the worst manner.
The Orthodox Church of Russia silenced him, saying that the coronavirus was an invention of the West to place chips on our heads or create a “satanic focus camp.” Later, when he “cursed” the non secular and secular powers for the closure of the temples to keep away from contagion, he forbade him to evangelise and provides mass. He later eliminated him from his duties because the religious information of the feminine convent from Sredneuralsk, close to Yekaterinburg.
However the mystic Sergei, an ultra-conservative monk of arms to take, mentioned no, rallied his followers, together with a gaggle of Cossacks to guard him, and took management of the monastery. About 150 nuns stayed with him. “I am not going anyplace. They should throw me out with the police and the Nationwide Guard, ”he mentioned in June, creating an issue of take care of Russia’s civil and non secular authorities.
Ultimately it needed to be how the authorities have ended their little kingdom. Early Tuesday morning, riot police shock groups (often called OMON) and duly armed Nationwide Guard officers stormed the fortress of this Rasputin of the Urals.
Apparently the mystic’s followers have been on discover. Somebody had informed them they have been going to attempt to arrest him. So that they met on the convent to attempt to cease it. Regardless of this opposition, together with a gaggle of nuns who have been injured, they arrested the eccentric non secular and took him to Yekaterinburg, to the native workplaces of the Committee of Instruction, which in Russia handles giant circumstances, after which to Moscow.
After receiving all punishments potential non secular (Patriarch Kiril excommunicated him in October), civil justice awaits him within the Russian capital. His lawyer assured that the previous hymen (abbot) is accused of inciting minors to suicide.
The case towards him is predicated on a video posted on YouTube wherein he calls his followers to “Die for Russia.”
Within the Eighties, Father Sergui was merely Serguéi Románov, a police officer who went incorrect. The digital newspaper Znak.com revealed final June that at the moment it was convicted of theft and for an accident leading to demise, on account of which he spent 13 years in jail.
Then discovered god, as a result of in 1998 he entered the Moscow seminary and, on the similar time, made his novitiate in a monastery, at all times hiding his prison previous. In 2001 he was ordained a priest.
Participated within the development of the Gánina Yama monastery within the first place the place the Bolsheviks hid in 1918 the our bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his household, after assassinating them in Yekaterinburg. Father Sergui was its first abbot.
The priest helped discovered the Sredneuralsk girls’s convent, which has served him as a energy in current months. From there, together with his sermons he gained a big following.
In June 2014, he led a prayer for peace between Russia and Ukraine on the border of the Crimean peninsula, invited by the chief of that area annexed by Russia, Sergei Aksionov, and by the then Crimean prosecutor, Natalia Poklónskaya, right now a deputy Russian within the Duma. Since then, he has been continuously talked about within the media as Poklónskaya’s confessor, though politics have denied it.
He’s additionally thought to be the religious information of the Tsarebózhniki (“worshipers of the Tsar”), an eccentric cult who believes that Nicholas II is the Messiah. In truth, Father Sergui modified his Christian identify to be Nikolai Romanov in honor of the final Russian emperor.
The accusation of incitement to suicide was initiated this month by Igor Morókov, an ombudsman for kids in Sverdlovsk province, who denounced the video of a sermon by the priest wherein there have been boys current. In that speech on December 5, he spoke of Yelena Diveévskaya, whom Seraphim of Sarov blessed for dying in her brother’s place. Afterwards, he requested a number of the attendees in the event that they have been able to die “for Russia to dwell, for the smallest youngsters to dwell.” In response to Morókov, the speech “goes towards the regulation that prohibits info dangerous to youngsters.”
Along with the accusation of incitement to suicide, he will even should reply to earthly judges for against the law of obstruction of worship and one other of arbitrariness, which he already denied on Tuesday. Earlier than them is not going to be Father Sergei, wearing his black ascetic cowl, however merely Sergei Romanov.
By Gonzalo Aragonés, Moscow. Correspondent