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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:43 PM

Cult leader who claims to be reincarnation of Jesus arrested in Russia

Source: The Guardian

Cult leader who claims to be reincarnation of Jesus arrested in Russia

Former traffic officer Sergei Torop, AKA Vissarion, arrested in special operation in Siberia

Shaun Walker in Moscow
Tue 22 Sep 2020 15.50 BST

Russian authorities mounted a special operation to arrest a former traffic police officer who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus and has run a cult based in the depths of Siberia for the past three decades.

Helicopters and armed officers stormed communities run by Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, and arrested him and two of his aides. Russia’s investigative committee said it would charge him with organising an illegal religious organisation, alleging that the cult extorted money from followers and subjected them to emotional abuse.

Torop, 59, with long grey hair and a beard, was led by masked troops to a helicopter. The operation involved agents from Russia’s FSB security service as well as police and other agencies. Vadim Redkin, a former drummer in a Soviet-era boyband who is known as Vissarion’s right-hand man, was also arrested, along with another aide, Vladimir Vedernikov.

Torop, who lost his job as a traffic officer in 1989, claimed he experienced an “awakening” as the Soviet regime began to collapse. In 1991 he founded a movement now known as the Church of the Last Testament.

Several thousand followers live in a series of remote hamlets in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia. Converts to the cult have included professionals from across Russia as well as pilgrims from abroad.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/22/cult-leader-vissarion-reincarnation-jesus-arrested-siberia-russia


Vissarion, real name Sergei Torop, pictured greeting followers in 2002. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

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Midnight Writer Sep 22 #1
Doodley Sep 22 #2
Binkie The Clown Sep 22 #3
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Thomas Hurt Sep 22 #5
BigmanPigman Sep 22 #7
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:45 PM

1. He should have come to the USA. We would give him a TV show and a private jet.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:48 PM

2. Not much different to Donald Trump - a cult leading, conman, whose followers

worship him, believe all his BS and hand over their hard-earned money.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:48 PM

3. Definately not true. He is not the reicarnation of Jesus.

And I should know since I'm the reincarnation of John the Baptist.

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:04 PM

4. Don't lose your head over this.

I'm reminded of a Dire Straits lyric: "Two men say they're Jesus. One of them must be wrong..." (from Industrial Disease).

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:41 PM

6. Being the...

Being the reincarnation of Thomas, I doubt that.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:20 PM

5. That is a nice gig if you can get it...

Wonder if he is a Trump supporter...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 05:53 PM

7. Arrested for "extorted money from followers and subjected them to emotional abuse".

Isn't that what Putin does day after day after day......

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 10:48 AM

8. Isn't that what most religions do day after day?

Seems odd to go all the way out into the countryside to arrest this joker when St. Basil's is just on the other side of Red Square.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 05:28 AM

9. Who is to say otherwise?

The evidence for Jesus as the reincarnation of a god is no better.

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