Sergei Torop, a cult leader who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ has been arrested by the Russian authorities. The former traffic police officer is running a cult in Siberia for almost three decades, reported the Guardian.
He is known as Vissarion to his followers. Helicopters and armed officers stormed into the communities run by the followers. Police arrested him and his two aides. He is going to be charged for organizing an illegal religious organization. The authorities claimed that the cult extorted money from the followers and also emotionally abused them.
Torop, with long hair and beard, was led by masked troops including FSB services. Vadim Redkin, a former drummer in soviet-era, and Vladimir Vedernikov, two closest aids of Torop were also arrested.
Sergei Torop lost his job as a traffic officer in 1989. He then claimed that he experienced awakening as the Soviet regime began to collapse. He founded the Church of the Last Testament.
He has several thousand followers who live in a series of remote hamlets in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia.
Vissarion told Guardian that “I am not God. And it is a mistake to see Jesus as God. But I am the living word of God the father. Everything that God wants to say, he says through me,” in 2002.
He originally said that Jesus is watching them from orbit close to Earth, but later he said that he is Jesus.
His commune mixes selection from Orthodox Christianity with a series of other rules.