The sentence Grotovskogo: the case of the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church is still not completed

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotobanken Gleb Grozovsky after the verdict in Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region. 17 January 2018The sentence Grotovskogo: the case of the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church is still not completed© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

Gleb Grozovsky priest was convicted of molesting three teenage girls. The Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment. However, the spiritual father of football players «Zenith» as it is represented in the media, intends to challenge this decision to the last. Details of the scandalous proceedings — in the material RIA Novosti.

Two episodes

In addition, the court ordered Grozovsky to pay each of the three victims on 400 thousand rubles compensation. The priest is going to appeal the Leningrad regional court within ten days.

According to investigators, in June 2013 at the hotel on the territory of children’s camp of Orthodox club of travelers «Philadelphia» on the Greek island of KOs 34-year-old Gleb Grozovsky «had committed violent acts of a sexual nature» against two Schoolgirls, nine and 12 years. Another similar episode occurred in the Orthodox camp on the island of Konevets on lake Ladoga in 2009.

«All Orthodox parents on my side and know that the charges are trumped up, a consequence of my social activity and a strong civic position ready to defend. And continue to defend the honor of their office as the priest and advantage as citizen!» — so in the fall of 2013 responded Grozovsky, knowing that in absentia arrested by the decision of Primorsky district court of St. Petersburg.

The allegations came as a surprise to everyone — from the management of football club «Zenit», where Grozovsky was listed as «Advisor to the General Director,» to many priests who knew him well. In the Gatchina district of the priest is very respected and among the clergy, and the laity.

Perhaps that is why after the verdict in the Gatchina diocese do not hurry with conclusions: the verdict is not yet in force, there is still a series of appeals. The Moscow Patriarchate declined to comment, citing the same reason.

In 2014, Patriarch Kirill received the letter from Grotowski and his relatives with a request to protect, instructed the human rights center of world Russian people’s Council to study the circumstances of the case and the position of the parties «to establish the truth». In an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the center Roman Silantyev assured that you do in the service (temporarily removed from office. — Approx. ed.) of the priest until be deprived of dignity.

Lie detector and signing in defense

Public opinion was divided: some believed that «the Vatican» scenario possible in Russia, others have rushed to accuse the Russian Orthodox Church and indiscriminately to all the clergy in acquiescence. In 2014, the group was created in defense of the priest. The participants drew attention to various inconsistencies in the testimony of victims and witnesses.

Supporters Grozovsky even opened a special website, which has published various materials, including the testimony of witnesses. In the header — motto: «no Matter what you blame, the truth will out!» (the same phrase the priest said his last word). A petition in defense of the cleric was signed by more than 400 people, among them two world Champions in Boxing.

However, critics of the priest was no less compelling arguments. They are particularly angered that shortly before the investigation went to the «working visit» by the diocese in Israel, although it turned out that he went there entirely on their own initiative.

Grotowski did not want to return to Russia, despite the public exhortations of the Patriarchate. But in the fall of 2014, the state office of public Prosecutor of Israel detained the priest at the request of Russian law enforcement agencies. The attempts of lawyers to represent Russia brought criminal case as a political order and to seek asylum the priest were in vain.

Litigation in Israel lasted for more than a year. Protection Grozovsky said that he could be killed in an Israeli prison. In 2016, Israel extradited a suspect to his homeland, where he was already part charged. The trial of a priest began on June 22 — and all things on the article «Pedophilia» in the closed mode.

This is not the end
In the human rights center of world Russian people’s Council believe that the higher courts will reverse the decision. «The lawyer and the public defender spoke about the numerous violations during the trial in the court of first instance» — draws attention Silantyev.
«I personally do not believe in the guilt of father Gleb. Mind though is that the victims are pretty much adults girls on the court were,» he adds.
About the same says Love Grozovsky, sister of the accused. According to her, this «level of rudeness and arrogance», as during this process, it is not met.

«It seems that around conspiracy and mutual responsibility,» she says.

© RIA Novosti / Anatoly to Medidirect in fotomancer former rector of St. John the Warrior in the village Verevo of Leningrad oblast Gleb GrozovskyThe sentence Grotovskogo: the case of the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church is still not completed© RIA Novosti / Anatoly to Medidirect in fotomancer former rector of St. John the Warrior in the village Verevo of Leningrad oblast Gleb Grozovsky

But the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation recalled Grotovskogo attempt to escape punishment and the fact that he, while in Israel,»launched a campaign on charges of investigation of falsification of case materials».

«Unfounded Grozovsky said that bringing him to justice is connected with political motives, his social and religious activity that was not confirmed during the investigation and in court,» — says the RF IC.

Positions of the parties in 2013 has changed little. Apparently, the verdict of the municipal court Priozersky will be only a comma and not a point in this high-profile case.

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