Police in Siberia have arrested three leaders of the infamous ‘Church of the Last Testament’ spiritual sect on suspicion of utilizing psychological violence to extract revenue, leading to “serious harm” to their followers.
Founded in 1991, the motion forbids its adherents from smoking, ingesting or exchanging cash, they usually reside as vegetarian subsistence farmers. The sect’s creator, Sergey Torop, believes he’s the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and types himself as ‘Vissarion’.
According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, Torop, together with different leaders Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov, will probably be charged with “creating a religious association whose activities involve violence against citizens.”
The three males have been arrested within the Siberian area of Krasnoyarsk, about 4,500 km (2796 miles) east of Moscow. The space has a number of villages constructed by followers of Vissarion, together with one known as Tiberkul, generally generally known as “the City of the Sun,” which was constructed in 1995.
A member of the spiritual group, Alexander Staroverov, posted a number of movies on Facebook displaying masked males strolling across the village, a few of whom have been armed.
The sect got here underneath authorized scrutiny on two separate events in 2020. In February, members of the church have been interrogated as a part of an investigation into corruption and fraud within the Istoki School, attended by the youngsters of Vissarion’s followers. In August, a prison case was opened after representatives of Vissarion prevented journalists from filming contained in the neighborhood.
The Church of the Last Testament turned well-known within the West in 2012, when Vice News launched a documentary on its Youtube channel known as ‘Siberian Cult Leader Thinks He’s Jesus’. In 2014, an identical documentary known as ‘Siberian ‘Messiah’ was filmed by RT.
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