Priest Banned From Cathedral After His Wife Wins Beauty Pageant

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A priest, Sergiy Zotova, has been banned from entering a cathedral and banished to a remote village, after his wife won the Miss Sexuality beauty pageant in Russia.

The 31-year-old has reportedly been told he has no way back to priesthood because of the scandal, unless his wife, who is a beauty therapist, “repents”.

The exiled priest said his wife, Oksana, 32, “understands her mistakes, and knows what she did wrong”.

But according to Dailymail, she has failed to repent, and had instead criticised the church.

Zotova said his wife has received threats, abuse, and other angry messages, threatening to report the matter to the police.

The mother of two was said to have received loads of criticism for her “sinful” behaviour and “glamour lady appearance”, despite no photos of her being indecent during the contest.

She is being accused of flaunting her luxury lifestyle by showing off her red lips, pink skirt, high heels and iPhone, when priests and their wives should be modest.

Father Feodor Saprykin, chairman of the church court, told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: “It is a great sin when the wife of a priest exposes herself like this.

“Father Sergiy Zotov will not go back to his previous place of service until his wife repents.

“What kind of priest is he, if he can’t manage his own family? How can he run the local church community?”.

The couple, who have been married for 15 years, were said to have had the permission of their parents to get married when they were under 18. 

The contest called “You Are Unique”, allowed women from all walks of life, including married and single.

The report added that she hit back at her attackers after removing her social media accounts. She said: “Yes, I took part, what is the problem?”.

Her critics claimed she and the husband had taken a holiday to Barbados, which both have strongly denied.

She admitted the contest reached its culmination during Orthodox Lent, but said the date was changed at the last minute.

“I had already put so much effort into it. I came back home, asked my husband what to do. He said make up your mind yourself.

“So I decided to take part,” she added.

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