EKATERINBURG, February 20 – RIA Novosti. The Arbitration Court of the Sverdlovsk Region denied former schema-abbot Sergiy (Nikolai Romanov) to participate in a dispute with the Yekaterinburg diocese over the ownership of the Sredneuralsky monastery, according to documents on the court's website.
Earlier, the Yekaterinburg diocese filed a lawsuit with the Arbitration Court of the Sverdlovsk Region to recognize the ownership of the Sredneuralsky monastery. On February 10, the court recognized the ownership of the monastery, previously controlled by Sergius, for the Yekaterinburg diocese.
“In satisfaction of the petition of Nikolai Vasilyevich Romanov (Schedule Sergius) to involve in the case as a third party who does not declare independent claims regarding the subject of the dispute, to refuse,” the court ruling states.
The determination can be appealed against by way of appeal in the Seventeenth Arbitration Court of Appeal within ten days. The court also refused to involve ten nuns in the case as third parties, according to the case file.
The spiritual father and founder of the Sredneuralsky nunnery, Sergiy, became the focus of attention after he began to preach that COVID-19 is a “pseudo-pandemic” that they want to put Russians in the “electronic camp of Satan” freedom and work “. Later, a church court defrocked him, but he continued to conduct divine services and conduct an active public activity. In September last year, Romanov was excommunicated from the Church. He is now under arrest in Moscow on charges of inducement to commit suicide, violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion and arbitrariness.