Two members of the sect perished in the dugout, one from malnutrition brought about during fasting, and another from cancer.
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No confinement is in store for Kuznetsov in the habitual sense of the word because he was declared insane, Shatsky said.
A court in Russia’s Penza Region is expected to decide in late June whether the leader of a doomsday sect that spent half a year underground should be kept in a mental asylum, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The long-running saga made local officials aware of some of the problems facing residents and local authorities even repaired roads to allow easier access to the cave, locals said.
The nine were the last of a group of 35 men, women and children that had dug into a hillside near the Volga region town of Penza in November and threatened to blow themselves up with gas canisters if authorities tried to remove them.
Earlier Friday, rescuers and police completed an operation to bring to the surface the bodies of two deceased sect members. “As we pulled out the dead bodies, we suggested the others leave. They agreed,” Vladimir Provotorov said.
Authorities say the only subject that cult members agree to discuss is about living conditions in the cave. They answer to all other questions by singing psalms or writing.
Sect members still staying in the cave have not signaled any date of their possible coming out.
Religious writings by doomsday cult leader Pyotr Kuzntsov have been declared illegal by a court in Russia’s Penza Region. The books were found to carry extremist ideas aimed at inciting hatred towards other religions and nationalities.
He had been hospitalized with head wounds on April 2. Although initial media reports claimed that he had been beaten by disillusioned sect members, authorities later said that his wounds were the result of a suicide attempt.