To serve time the audience will be in a penal colony with a reinforced regime. And the property of the priest shall be subject to confiscation, according to While the guilt Nikolay Kireev not guilty and intends to appeal the verdict. His accomplice received five years in prison with confiscation of property.

The priest of the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Leningrad region Nikolay Kireev was detained August 3, employees of internal Affairs bodies of Belarus with the 20-year and 30-year-old women. In the official press release of the investigative Committee of Belarus stated that the priest and his companions were detained near the bus station in Vitebsk at the time of boarding the bus, which was heading to St. Petersburg (according to another version, the priest was arrested in a RAID on a brothel).

According to investigators, the enterprising spiritual shepherd by persuasions and promises of "trying to arrange the export from Saint Petersburg to prostitution by two local residents". It is established that from April to August of 2017, the priest had corresponded on the Internet with figurantok case. After receiving their consent to work with prostitutes in St. Petersburg, the audience came for them in Vitebsk.

The court hearing lasted three weeks behind closed doors. Journalists were barred even before the trial on 25 October, citing a "request of the victims" and the corresponding provision of the law which relates to criminal cases on sexual crimes.

The priest of the Russian Orthodox Church of Russia has accused of attempt at the organization of prostitution and other persons, as well as the attempted smuggling of people from Belarus for sexual exploitation.

The investigators found that the priest acted in collusion with the 19-year-old citizen of Tajikistan, and "other persons". Earlier this year he led a similar conversation on the Internet with other Belarusians. Two of them, aged 25 and 29 years, also agreed to go to St. Petersburg for the provision of sexual services.

At the direction of the Russian, the citizen of Tajikistan, arrived in Gomel and held recruiting conversations with women. Agreeing with them, she bought the tickets on the train Gomel — Saint Petersburg, but was detained at the station.

In August, the day after the arrest of the priest Kireeva, his wife has addressed in police with the statement for loss of the husband. According to her, Kira went to pilgrimage tour in the Moscow region, but has stopped communicating.

Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with the media Vakhtang Kipshidze said that the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church cooperate with law enforcement, and Kireev "will be temporarily prohibited in the service." According to his version, the priest Kireev was the victim of a monstrous provocation.

Nikolai Kireyev served as a priest for 15 years. In 2006 was awarded the kamilavka is a honorary award of the Orthodox priests. In 2010, he was enrolled in the theological Department of St. Petersburg Orthodox theological Academy.