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Police investigate teenage girl’s death at convent seized by defrocked Orthodox priest


On August 6, 15-year-old Marina passed away at the Sredneuralsk Women’s Monastery — the same convent outside of Yekaterinburg that was taken over by the recently defrocked Orthodox priest Sergii Romanov in June. A source told the news outlet 66.ru that Marina had been living at the monastery’s “hospice,” and that she had died of cancer. The Sverdlovsk Region’s Children’s Rights Commissioner, Igor Morokov, said that Marina had been staying at the monastery with her parents, and confirmed that she died of natural causes: “A disease, there’s nothing criminal there.” Nevertheless, Investigative Committee Head Alexander Bastrykin ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Marina’s death.

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