More cultists quit Penza bunker

Yet more members of a doomsday cult are leaving their underground hide-out in Russia’s Penza region.

Earlier this week 14 cultists quit, leaving 28 people still holed-up underground.

The group has been shut away since the end of October, awaiting the end of the world, which they believe will come in May.

Spring flood waters caused a partial collapse in the cave’s roof, prompting half of the cultists to give up their sit-in on Tuesday.

With more sections of the bunker collapsing authorities believe the safety of those who is still in the bunker is in serious danger. Psychologists, rescuers, Orthodox priests and other cult members, including the group’s leader, Pyotr Kuznetsov, are trying their best to persuade them to come out.

Police have cordoned off the area, banning journalists and locals from disturbing them.

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