A former visitors police officer who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested in a particular operation staged by Russian safety brokers.
Sergei Torop, who is thought to his followers as Vissarion, was arrested together with two different leaders of the group, Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov.
Russia’s investigative committee stated it will cost him with organising an unlawful non secular organisation, alleging that the cult extorted cash from followers and subjected them to emotional abuse.
A spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigations Committee stated that the group is suspected of “establishing a non secular affiliation whose actions contain violence towards people and of inflicting grievous bodily hurt to 2 or extra individuals.
“They used the cash of [their followers] and in addition used psychological violence towards them,” she is quoted as saying by state media.
The 59-year-old cult chief, who misplaced his job as a visitors officer in 1989, claimed he skilled an “awakening” because the Soviet regime started to break down. In 1991 he based a motion now often known as the Church of the Final Testomony and has written a ten-volume ‘sequel to the Bible’.
In 2002, instructed the Guardian UK: “I’m not God. And it’s a mistake to see Jesus as God. However I’m the dwelling phrase of God the daddy. Every part that God needs to say, he says by way of me”.
A number of thousand followers stay in a collection of distant hamlets within the Krasnoyarsk area in Siberia. Converts to the cult have included professionals from throughout Russia in addition to pilgrims from overseas.
In an interview with the BBC three years in the past, Torop stated: “We’ve got a faculty of noble maidens right here. We’re getting ready ladies to change into future wives, future brides for worthy males.
“She has to grasp to not rise above the person, to not be pleased with her independence however to be shy, inconspicuous and weak.”
Torop is reported to have two wives with six youngsters. Veganism is enforced and financial trade is banned contained in the commune. Followers put on austere clothes and rely years ranging from 1961, the yr of Vissarion’s delivery, whereas Christmas has been changed by a feast day on 14 January, his birthday.