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Church fearful for the safety of alleged paedophile priest

Church fearful for the safety of alleged paedophile priest

The Russian Orthodox Church has agreed to do what it can to help protect priest Gleb Grozovsky, above, who has just been extradited from Israel to Russia to face child abuse charges,

According to the Russian news service, Interfax, the crimes the priest stands accused of “normally draws aggression from inmates”.

Roman Silantyev, Director of the Human Rights Center of the World Russian People’s Council said:

I have now contacted church representatives who are responsible for liaison with the Federal Penitentiary Service and asked them to help protect him.

Silantyev added that representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church “reacted positively” to his request.

It was reported that in February that the Supreme Court of Israel issued a final ruling to extradite Grozovsky to Russia.

It’s alleged that, in the summer of 2011, Grozovsky, who then was a cleric at the Ascension (St Sophia) Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, sexually abused several individuals under 14 years of age on the grounds of an Orthodox children’s camp on Konevets Island, Priozyorsky District, Leningrad Region.

Grozovsky is also accused of committing similar acts at Philadelphia, an Orthodox children’s and youth club, where he was rector of John the Warrior Church, in Greece in June 2013.

When he absconded in October 2013 he was arrested in absentia and placed on the international wanted list.

According to the BBC, Grozovsky denies corrupting two girls aged nine and 12 at the Russian Orthodox summer camp in Greece.

Russia first asked for the priest’s extradition in November 2013, when he was in Israel on Church business.

He had applied for Israeli citizenship but was turned down and was asked to leave the country. This April, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked signed the order for his extradition.

The extradition process was delayed when his lawyers appealed to the Israeli supreme court, on grounds that his life would be in danger back in Russia, but the appeal was rejected last month.

Grozovsky was suspended from his priestly duties by the Russian Orthodox Church after the charges against him were announced.

6 responses to “Church fearful for the safety of alleged paedophile priest”

  1. Paul says:

    Interesting that they weren’t so concerned about the children abused by him.

  2. Broga says:

    Impossible to say anything new as these allegations have been made so many times before. No mention of the alleged victims.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    Fortunately, this is an isolated case. Rapist clergy is unprecedented, as is the Church sheltering rapist clergy and moving them to a new hunting ground.

    It just has to be unprecedented. Otherwise, one might start thinking that child rape by clergy was an acceptable if unspoken component of religion. One might start thinking that there are some who consent to an acceptable level of child sacrifice in order to not upset believers in an invisible monster that lives in the sky.

    And that might lead to atheism. Angry atheism, even. Mustn’t have that.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    Russia under Putin is fast turning into a horrible resurection of the all-powerful pre-revolutionary alliance between head of state and head of church. But then, look what happened to them.

  5. Always beware when a priest offers you an apple, especially a little pink one. The intent is always malign.

  6. Kevin H. says:

    I’m not surprised that the Russian Orthodox Church is protecting a priest accused of repulsive crimes against children – they know that many of their bishops, including some very senior ones, are engaged in the same depraved conduct.