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Moscow Priest Admits Blame in Fatal Hit and Run Incident

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130621/181788134/Moscow-Priest-Pleads-Guilty-in-Road-Kill-Case.html Moscow Priest Admits Blame in Fatal Hit and Run Incident MOSCOW,
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      Moscow Priest Admits Blame in Fatal Hit and Run Incident

      MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) – A young Orthodox priest, who has been
      charged with manslaughter as a result of reckless driving, has admitted
      responsibility for the car accident that killed two people in Moscow
      last year, a lawyer for the victims said.

      Hieromonk Ilya (Pavel Semin), 26, was behind the wheel of a luxury
      Mercedes G-Wagen, when it crashed into road works on the Kutuzovsky
      Prospekt in downtown Moscow on August 15, 2012, killing two road workers
      and injuring another. The vehicle then skidded off into the oncoming
      lane, where it hit a taxi, injuring its driver and passenger.

      Semin fled the scene and surrendered to authorities only the next
      morning. He was arrested on August 17 and has been in pretrial detention
      since then.

      According to lawyer Igor Trunov, Semin admitted responsibility for
      violating the traffic rules twice, and also told judges at the
      Drogomilovsky court during hearings on Thursday that regardless of the
      circumstances of the accident “everything happened because of him.”

      The admission of guilt comes as a surprise because the young priest,
      known for his love for luxury cars and fast driving, has been reluctant
      to take responsibility for the accident.

      Trunov, who was only recently hired by relatives of the victims to
      defend their interests in the trial, said the investigation has been
      marred by sloppy police work and apparent attempts by the defendant to
      bribe the surviving victim.

      The case has caused massive public outcry in Russia and prompted
      Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to urge Russian Orthodox
      clergy to avoid driving luxury cars and carefully observe traffic rules.
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