Russian priest guilty of pimping in Belarus

On November 14, a Vitsebsk court announced the verdict in a criminal case of the “the priest-pimp” — the 39-year-old priest Nikolay Kireyev from the temple of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Leningrad region. He was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment in a maximum security colony with confiscation of property.

The verdict was passed by judge Dzyanis Alyakseyenka. The priest pleaded not guilty. It was a closed-door court hearing that lasted for 3 weeks.

Nikolay Kireyev was arrested on August 3 in Vitsebsk. According to investigators, from April to August 2017, the priest corresponded over the Internet with two women-residents of Vitsebsk. When the woman agreed to get involved into prostitution activities in St. Petersburg, he arrived in Vitsebsk to transfer the woman to the Russian Federation. The man was detained when boarding the bus to St. Petersburg.

The priest was charged under Part 1 of Article 14, Part 2 of Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (attempt to organize prostitution activities, combined with the removal of a person outside the state). According to the investigation, Kireyev had also corresponded with other Belarusian women with the aim of involving them into prostitution in Russia. Along Kireyev, the police detained a 19-year-old girl from Tajikistan, who was detained in Homiel and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with confiscation of property.