Russian riot police arrest renegade priest in convent raid

Father Sergiy, who denies the existence of the Covid pandemic, seized control of building in June

Riot police in Russia have arrested a renegade priest in a raid on a convent in the Urals region.

Father Sergiy, whose real name is Nikolai Romanov, gained notoriety earlier this year after denying the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic, railing against church closures during the lockdown and criticising the Russian Orthodox Church.

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