December 25, 2021
A Russian court has jailed for 21 years a former Orthodox priest, said to have adopted 70 children, for a string of child abuse offences.
Nikolai Stremsky was convicted of raping several children and other violent acts in his parish in the Urals in south-west Russia.
Stremsky was reputed to have Russia’s largest family and was decorated with a national Order of Parental Glory.
Barred from the priesthood he has also been stripped of his honour.