Investigation into Russian priest charged with pedophilia completed

Author: Mikhail Telekhov
Date Published: 05/31/2017
Publication: RAPSI
© Photo provided by official media outlet of St. Petersburg eparchy
© Photo provided by official media outlet of St. Petersburg eparchy "Voda Zhivaya"

ST. PETERSBURG, May 31 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Investigators have completed a probe into the Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who stands charged with sexual abuse of children, RAPSI learnt in the St. Petersburg prosecutor’s office.

A prosecutor is to make a decision on the approval of indictment within 10 days, and then the case will be forwarded to court, a representative of the prosecutor’s office said.

According to investigators, Grozovsky committed several crimes against minors in 2011 and 2013.

In 2013, he fled to Israel and applied for citizenship. However, his application was dismissed.

In April 2014, Grozovsky was put on the international wanted list. Israeli police arrested him in September. In January 2015, a court in Jerusalem ruled that the priest should be extradited to Russia pursuant to the European Convention on Extradition. The ruling was appealed but rejected. In April 2016, the Justice Minister signed an order on Grozovsky’s extradition.

In September 2016, the priest was extradited from Israel to Russia.

Defense lawyers claim that charges against Grozovsky are politically motivated.