A former traffic police officer who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested by Russian security forces.
Prominent mystic Sergei Torop and other leaders of the Church of the Last Testament sect were held in a remote part of Siberia on Tuesday.
They are accused of “damaging their followers’ health”.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that the religious group had used psychological pressure to extract money from its followers and caused serious harm to their health.
Image: The cult leader is a former traffic policeman
Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, set up the Church of the Last Testament in the Krasnoyarsk region in 1991, the year the Soviet Union broke up.
The operation to detain him, as well as group leaders Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov, involved the police as well as members of the Federal Security Service.
The men could face up to 12 years in jail if found guilty, the RIA news agency reported.
Source : Sky News