Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Heavenly Jerusalem, Pyotr Kuznetsov, True Russian Orthodox Church:

Doomsday cult leader comes back from the dead

Russia Today, Russia
Apr. 12, 2008 • Saturday April 12, 2008

The leader of the Doomsday cult, Pyotr Kuznetsov has regained consciousness a little over a week after an alleged suicide attempt.

In November last year he inspired 35 people to hole themselves up in a bunker in Russia’s Penza region awaiting the Apocalypse. Nine cultists still remain underground and two are believed to have died.

Despite suffering a severe brain trauma and a previous diagnosis of mental illness, Pyotr Kuznetsov’s doctors believe he may yet recover sufficiently to stand trial if police bring charges against him.

“We hopefully will be able to make the patient able to testify. But for now I cannot comment on what mental abnormalities he will have,” Andrey Progressov, the head of intensive care unit of Penza regional hospital says.

Reports of two dead bodies underground have added a new dimension to any potential legal proceedings and led the investigators to interview all cult members now returned to the village of Nikolskoye.

Chief investigator Rustam Ataev says they have some progress.

“We’ve questioned all those cult members who left the bunker and are now analyzing the case. But we can’t take decisions until all cult members leave the shelter,” he said.

Up until now the authorities had categorically ruled out the use of force to end the occupation. Now they say if more lives are endangered, they will consider storming the bunker despite threat by those inside to blow it up if any such attempt is made.

“At the moment we have no reasons to storm the bunker. But if extreme weather conditions or anything else put anybody’s lives in danger, we will have to act to save the lives of those inside,” Oleg Melnichenko, the Vice Governor of the region says.

The man accused of bringing his followers into this precarious situation has been labeled a schizophrenic and now lies on the heavy sedation after sustaining horrific injuries. Should he recover it may only be to be held responsible for whatever fate befalls his disciples underground.

info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles


Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog