Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery

  • Father Sergiy, a Russian monk who has defied the Russian Orthodox Church’s leadership, right, speaks to journalists in Russian Ural’s Sredneuralsk, Russia, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The monk, who has denied the coronavirus’ existence and urged believers to ignore the Kremlin’s lockdown orders, has taken control of a monastery in the Ural Mountains. (AP Photo/Vladimir Podoksyonov)

MOSCOW — A rebellious Russian monk who has denied the coronavirus’ existence and urged believers to ignore the Kremlin’s lockdown orders has taken control of a monastery in the Ural Mountains.

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