Pavel Datsyuk Reportedly Holed Up At Russian Monastery With Rebel Priest

While most of the world is trying to recover from the coronavirus, former Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is reportedly hold up at a Russian monastery with a rebel priest once jailed for murder who claims the virus is a conspiracy. 
The priest, known as Father Sergei, reportedly chased out the monastery’s former leader and seized control with Cossack fighters, who are guarding the perimeter of the site, according to The Moscow Times. He has been barred from public ministry in Russia after disobeying health guidelines and claiming Covid-19 is an excuse to microchip the public. 

“I’m not going anywhere," Father Sergei said Wednesday, per reports. "They’ll have to chase me out with police and the National Guard."

Datsyuk, who returned to Russia in 2016 after a 14-year career in Detroit, is among those at the monastery supporting the priest. Father Sergei is said to be Datsyuk's personal confessor. 

"Father Sergius has been my spiritual father for more than 10 years," Datsyuk said this year. "[He] has a burning, loving heart, he sees me through and through. He is strict, but also very kind."
The priest, a former police officer, reportedly spent 13 years in prison for murder. He was released in the late 1990's.