Russian priest jailed for 5.5 years for pimping

Russian priest jailed for 5.5 years for pimping

The man denies his guilt.

Court of Belarusian town of Vitebsk has sentenced Russian priest Nikolai Kireev to 5 years and 6 months in a colony over trading in prostitution.

According to investigators, Nikolai Kireev, 39, was going to transfer two women from Vitebsk to Russia in August 2017 in order to engage them in prostitution.

He has been preparing his plan since April 2017. The women he was going to move to St. Petersburg, agreed to engage in prostitution for money. A police report says, the crime was not performed for the reasons beyond the defendant’s control.

Kireev denies his guilt.

Investigation has provided the evidence of the man keeping contact with 3 women in the period from April to August 2017 on the Internet. Having received their consent to do sex work for money in St. Petersburg, he came to Vitebsk on August 3 to take them to Russia. At 19.30 of the same day he was detained by police officers while boarding a bus heading via route Vitebsk - St. Petersburg.

Nikolay Kireev was detained on August 3, 2017 in Vitebsk. He was ordained a priest in 2002. Russian Orthodox Church has suspended him from conducting services for the period of investigation against him. 

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