Russian priest exiled to the monastery for seven years for harassment

In the Krasnodar Territory, the priest was removed from service and sent to serve his sentence at the monastery because of allegations of harassment. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of the Yeisk Diocese.

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The rector of the church of the Apostle John the Theologian of the village of Kushchevskaya of the Krasnodar Territory, known in the world as Yury Palchikov, cannot be a priest and give blessings for the next seven years. At the time of punishment he will be sent by a novice to a monastery. The priest was subjected to such a punishment “for behavior that slanders the holy dignity and introduces temptation among the believers.”

On November 13, priest George Maximov, an Orthodox video blogger, said that the 20-year-old altar boy of this temple, Daniel Fedotov, received homosexual messages from Palchikov. He published screenshots of the correspondence and audio recording of their conversation. During the dialogue, the abbot offered the altar boy to turn off the light and “sit with him side by side,” asked about harassment and offered to “carry out the act of buying.” According to the blogger, Fedotov is not the only cleric who was subjected to “so much attention” by the head priest, but only Fedotov decided to make public the evidence and file an application to the diocesan court.

After the publication of the audio recording, Fedotov was threatened by the parishioners of the temple and Palchikov himself, who spoke about connections in the FSB. Altar had to leave Kuschevka after his cousin had beaten by the prior. The abbot himself declined to comment.

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