The case of the Russian priest-pimp came to court, he faces up to ten years

Minsk. 12 Oct. INTERFAX – a Criminal case against 39-year-old priest from Russia who tried to smuggle two Belarusians in Saint Petersburg as “human beings”, entered the court of Chyhunachny district of Vitsebsk, said on Thursday the press service of the Vitebsk regional court.

By law, the maximum punishment under part 1 of article 14, part 2 of article 171 of the criminal code of Belarus (attempted organization and use of prostitution by other persons associated with the export outside the state of persons for prostitution) provides for a sentence of ten years imprisonment.

On the commencement date of hearings will be further reported.

As reported, the Investigative Committee of Belarus in early August, have informed on detention in Vitebsk priest from Russia, he was suspected of attempting to take two Belarusians in Petersburg as a “living product”.

“It is established that the inhabitant of Leningrad region, born in 1978, in the territory of Vitebsk, by persuasion and promises, tried to export to St. Petersburg for prostitution two inhabitants of Vitebsk. Bring your intent to end he could not, as on August 3, after 17 hours was detained by employees of internal Affairs bodies. The suspect, along with 20-year and 30-year-old women were arrested near the bus station in Vitebsk at the time of boarding the bus that was heading to the city of Saint-Petersburg”, said the Committee.

In the course of a criminal investigation, the IC established that the Russians were involved in the recruitment of “live goods” and in another regional city in Belarus – Gomel. So, in the beginning of this year he led the Internet-correspondence with the girls from Belarus. After receiving consent to engage in prostitution 25-year-old and 29-year-old women, the Russian sent in Gomel his accomplice, a 19-year-old citizen of Tajikistan, which was to send Belarusians to “place money” in Russia.

Immediately after the arrest of the Russians became aware that we are talking about father Nicholas Kireev. The Deputy head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze said that during the investigation, the priest will be banned in the Ministry.