The Supreme court has transferred consideration of the complaint against the verdict to the former employee of the Russian Orthodox Church

MOSCOW, 30 Sep RIA Novosti. The Supreme court of the Russian Federation the second time has postponed consideration of the complaint on the conviction of a former employee of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate and the FSB Evgeny Petrino, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason, told RIA Novosti in court.

“The meeting has been postponed to 5th of October,” said the Agency interlocutor. This decision was made because of the illness of one of lawyers. The court will consider how the complaint of the lawyer, insisting on acquittal, and the Prosecutor, which requires to increase the penalty.

The Prosecutor had previously asked Petrina to sentence to 19 years imprisonment, this is almost the maximum possible sanction under this article. The lawyers asked for acquittal. The court has appointed the minimum punishment of 12 years imprisonment.

The case is marked “classified”, so the meetings are held in the closed regime, and details of the criminal case were not disclosed.

Earlier, a source in the Russian Orthodox Church told RIA Novosti that Petrin worked in the DECR of the Moscow Patriarchate for a short time and the priesthood never had. According to him, Petrin graduated from law school, was a soldier, and in 2013 filed a petition for admission to the DECR of the Moscow Patriarchate, claiming knowledge of foreign languages and the desire to benefit the Church through the work of the DECR, and in early may 2014 resigned.