- Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, has been running a religious sect for the last three decades
- The former traffic police was arrested along with two other leaders of the group after being accused of extorting money and causing physical and emotional harm
- The 59-year-old lost his job back in 1989 and later claimed to have experienced an awakening
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A former traffic police officer who has been running a cult while claiming to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested by Russian authorities.
Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, has been running a religious sect for the last three decades known as the Church Of The Last Testament.
According to The Guardian, Sergei was arrested in the depths of Siberia, where his communities are based, with helicopters and armed police storming the area before capturing him.
He was arrested along with two other leaders of the group and stand accused of extorting money and causing physical and psychological harm.
The 59-year-old lost his job in 1989 and later claimed to have experienced an awakening shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Many of his followers range from professionals from Russia and also believers from several countries across the world, according to the Guardian.
His followers, based in Siberia, reportedly wear strict clothing which is always bright in colour and count years from 1961, the year Vassarion was born.
Christmas to them comes early in the year on January 14, which is Sergei's date of birth.
According to BBC, they are also not allowed to consume meat, coffee, tea, sugar, and wheat products.
In other news, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has said he is among the young people of the world by virtue of being a child of God.
The 78-year-old clergyman made the statement while announcing the date for his church's 2020 annual youth convention via his Twitter page.
Pastor Adeboye disclosed that this year's convention will be held virtually from September 28 to October 2.
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