The monk spread fakes about COVID-19 and urged believers to commit suicide.
In the Russian Federation, on Tuesday, November 30, former schema-abbot Sergei (Nikolai) Romanov was sentenced to 3.5 years in a general regime colony, who publicly denied the threat of COVID-19.
About this reports “Interfax”.
The Izmaylovsky court of Moscow made the corresponding decision in the case of inducement to suicide, violation of the rights to freedom of conscience and religion, as well as arbitrariness.
When sentencing, the court did not identify circumstances that would aggravate the guilt of the defendant, and took into account a number of mitigating factors, in particular Romanov's retirement age, his state of health, positive characteristics and charitable activities.
The court also retained the preventive measure in the form detention pending the entry into force of the judgment. “Do not judge and you will not be judged,” the ex-schema-abbot said after the verdict.
Romanov was detained in 2020. Then he was defrocked and excommunicated. In September 2021, the ex-monk was charged with inciting hatred and enmity over videos on the Web. The man did not admit his guilt.
According to the plot of the case, Romanov publicly called at least ten nuns from the Sredneuralsky convent to commit suicide, and also distributed videos of his speeches with signs of persuading believers to commit suicide on the Internet. In particular, he called on people to “die for Russia.” visiting the territory.
The man also interfered with the conduct of religious rituals and prevented the inventory of real estate objects on the territory of the monastery in violation of civil law.
The views and expressions of the ex-schema-abbot acquired a special resonance in 2020 due to his public denial of the threat of coronavirus.
According to The Associated Press, Romanov called the attempts of the Russian government to stop the pandemic an “electronic camp of Satan” and spread the long-debunked theories of collusion about COVID-19, in particular, argued that vaccination against coronavirus is “part of a global conspiracy to control the masses with using microchips. ” “.
Earlier, the former schema-abbot was convicted of murder and robbery up to 13 years in prison. After serving his sentence, he was released in the late 90s.