26 November 2018, 11:48
Russian Supreme Court declines hearing Prosecutor's General Office's cassation appeal against sentence to priest Grozovsky
Moscow, November 26, Interfax - The Russian Supreme Court will not consider Deputy Prosecutor General Leonid Korzhinek's cassation appeal against the judgment to Priest Gleb Grozovsky, who was sentenced to 14 years in a high-security penal colony for sexual violence against children.
"The submission of the case for the consideration by an appeals court at the deputy prosecutor general's motion is denied," the Supreme Court told Interfax.
This Supreme Court's ruling was delivered on Wednesday, November 21. The essence of the Prosecutor's General Office's cassation appeal against the sentence is not reported.
On January 17, the Priozyorsk City Court of the Leningrad Region sentenced Grozovsky to 14 years in a high-security penal colony, finding him guilty of several instances of molesting children. He was also sentenced to the payment of 400,000 rubles to the families of each of the three victims.
According to investigators, Grozovsky, who was a priest at the Ascension (Sophia) Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, molested several children younger than 14 at an Orthodox children's camp on the island of Konevets in the Priozyorsk District of the Leningrad Region. According to investigators, Grozovsky committed the same crimes against two girls, born in 2001 and 2004, at the Orthodox children's camp Philadelphia in Greece in June 2013.
He was declared internationally wanted in October 2013. He was detained in Israel in September 2014, and was extradited to Russia on September 7, 2016.
The priest did not plead guilty and claimed that the criminal case had been fabricated against him.