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Russia: Investigators detain messianic cult leaders in Siberia 01:00

Russia: Investigators detain messianic cult leaders in Siberia

Russian Federation, Krasnoyarsk region
September 22, 2020 at 09:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russia’s Investigative Committee detained three leading members of a cult organisation the Church of the Last Testament, in the Krasnoyarsk region on Tuesday.

Footage released by the committee shows the cult’s leaders, including Sergei Torop, who is known as Vissarion Christ the Teacher in the cult, being led to a helicopter.

Torop, a former Red Army recruit who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, and his aides Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov have ruled the messianic cult since 1991.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement that the trio are accused of embezzling cash from the sect members and "of applying psychological violence" as well as "seriously harming" the health of the cult members. They face up to 12 years in jail if convicted.

The Church of the Last Testament has around 5,000 followers.

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Russia’s Investigative Committee detained three leading members of a cult organisation the Church of the Last Testament, in the Krasnoyarsk region on Tuesday.

Footage released by the committee shows the cult’s leaders, including Sergei Torop, who is known as Vissarion Christ the Teacher in the cult, being led to a helicopter.

Torop, a former Red Army recruit who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, and his aides Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov have ruled the messianic cult since 1991.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement that the trio are accused of embezzling cash from the sect members and "of applying psychological violence" as well as "seriously harming" the health of the cult members. They face up to 12 years in jail if convicted.

The Church of the Last Testament has around 5,000 followers.

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