According to the site 66.ru, despite the ban on ministry announced to him, he returned to the Sredneuralsky Convent, deposed his abbess and expelled representatives of the Yekaterinburg diocese and journalists from there. Cossacks were involved in the protection of the monastery - they only allow pilgrims to enter the territory and go along patrols along the perimeter.
The fact that the monastery got out of control was already recognized in the Yekaterinburg diocese. It was stated there that the shiigumen independently excluded the abbess from managing the abbess - "the main official clergy in the convent", which was appointed by the decision of the Holy Synod in 2005.
The priest Georgy Viktorov, whom Metropolitan Kirill sent there for the administration of the treb. According to the associate of the shiigumen Vsevolod Moguchev, Archpriest George came to the monastery, but the faithful came out to meet him and "made it clear by their appearance that they were not inclined to listen to other people's orders". The priest did not enter the territory. The press service of the Yekaterinburg diocese did not specify how they intend to resolve the conflict in the monastery.
“At the end of April, a video of Sergiy’s sermon appeared on the Internet in which he called for disobedience to church leaders and authorities. Schema-hegumen cursed those who closed churches during the coronavirus epidemic and warned of the creation of an “electronic Satan camp”. According to the E center his sermon has the signs of extremism", - the Dozhd TV channel reports.
At the same time, Father Sergius is tried by the diocesan church court for disobeying Metropolitan Cyril. Service was forbidden to him after curses against Rospotrebnadzor and doctors, but the shiigumen refused to obey. At the first meeting of the diocesan court, he said that the patriarch had betrayed faith by observing the norms of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and left the courtroom.
“In its present condition, the monastery is almost autonomous”, informs znak.com about the farm of Father Sergius . In addition to its own agricultural complex and gardening , it has workshops, an Orthodox children's school, a strange house, something like a hospice for terminally ill natives, a kitchen a dining room, several buildings that act as dormitories for nuns and laity helping the monastery.The exact number of nunners of the monastery was not disclosed, but there are about 300 of them now. obviously, the deceased inhabitants of the monastery are buried. Whether this graveyard has the necessary permits is unknown. "
According to Ilya Shumanov, deputy director general of the non-governmental international organization for the fight against corruption, Ilya Shumanov, “a peculiar Vatican arises in the Sverdlovsk region when a representative of secular power, the chairman of the Duma, for example, can not be allowed into a monastery located in "Where he works. The unsettled system leads to the fact that even if there are reasons to impose fines or to hold representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church accountable, authorities often do not."
Sermon by the schema-hegumen Sergius, in which he cursed the supporters of "lawless isolation" commented on the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, a member of the commission of the Inter-Council Presence on public life, culture, science and information, a clergyman of the Annunciation diocese Priest Svyatoslav Shevchenko. He called the old man's words “an ignorant sermon addressed to the ignorant”:
- Father Svyatoslav believes that statistics do not allow characterizing the situation with the coronavirus epidemic in Russia as a “pseudo-pandemic”. In particular, representatives of the clergy of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Elokhov Cathedral, as well as the servants of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Bishop Zheleznogorsk and Lgovsky Veniamin (Korolyov), were among those infected.