Russian pays $160,000 to lift curse

MOSCOW –– Russian police are looking for two mystics who persuaded a student to part with more than $160,000 in exchange for lifting a curse, RIA news agency reported on Sunday.

“Two unknown women, on the pretext of lifting a curse, stole $150,000 and some jewellery by means of deception. The total amount stolen is estimated at 4.48 million roubles ($161,800),” the agency quoted a police source as saying.

The victim is a female student at Moscow’s elite State Institute for International Affairs, RIA said. Many Russians are highly superstitious. They spend huge sums each year on faith healers and alternative medicine.

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