Russian court sentences pedophile Orthodox priest to 14 years
ST PETERSBURG - Agence France-Presse
The court also ordered Grozovsky to pay 400,000 rubles ($7,072) to each of his victims’ families.According to investigators, Grozovsky molested an unspecified number of children at an Orthodox children’s camp in northern Russia in 2011 and a similar camp on the Greek island of Kos in 2013.
Grozovsky said “there was no event of a crime” in court on January 10, according to Russian news agencies.
Grozovsky is a well-known priest in Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg, where he worked with drug and alcohol addicts, coordinated various church-affiliated youth programmes and even had his own radio show.He also worked as an advisor to Maksim Mitrofanov, the general director of Saint Petersburg’s Zenit FC.
Authorities in Saint Petersburg opened an investigation into Grozovsky’s case in November 2013 and announced its completion in June 2017.
He was declared internationally wanted in October 2013 and was extradited from Israel to Russia in September 2016.