Sergei Torop, a Russian who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested.
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
The former traffic police officer has run a cult based in Siberia for the past three decades.
Torop, 59, would be charged with organising an illegal religious organisation and extortion of money from followers.
He lost his job as a traffic officer in 1989 and founded the Church of the Last Testament in 1991.
“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,” Torop said in 2002.
Vissarion told BBC, “We have a school of noble maidens here.
We’re preparing girls to become future wives, future brides for worthy men,” adding that women have “to understand not to rise above the man, not to be proud of her independence but to be shy, inconspicuous and weak.”
It is also reported that before his arrest, he spent his time in a comfortable chalet and claimed to be Jesus Christ. He also wrote a 10-volume ‘sequel to the Bible’