Tag: Konstantin Rudnev

Scientology critic updates critique; Beard cutting cult sentenced

Jon Atack has vastly updated his critical book about the Scientology cult.

Also: a man quits his job over the number ‘666,’ and a cult leader who claimed to be an alien from Sirius has been jailed for abusing his followewrs.

Plus: Renegade Amish cult leader Samuel Mullet and 15 members of his clan have been jailed for their hate crimes. More inside…

Jail-dodging “sex guru” arrested

Russia The leader of a notorious quasi-religious cult, suspected of recruiting thousands of people and turning them into voluntary sex slaves, has been arrested in Russia.

Konstantin Rudnev, leader of the “Ashram Shambala” sect has been put in custody in the Western Siberian city of Novosibirsk and charged with sexual assault, rape and the creation of a society involved in violence and the violation of human rights, police said.

Konstantin Rudnev, leader of major Russian sect detained in Siberia

Russia Police have detained the leader of Ashram Shambala, one of Russia‘s largest sects, near the West Siberian city of Novosibirsk, a deputy police chief said on Tuesday.

He was put on the federal wanted list in the 1990s after it was determined that the sect’s ideology was “anti-social and anti-family, deliberately opposing itself to society in general.” The police operation was aimed at freeing several sect members, including an underage girl from Belarus.

Russian City Bans Esoteric Sect

Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Voronezh, 9 November: The Belovodye sect, which has been banned in Voronezh, aimed to spread its activities to the countries of Western Europe, the head of public relations at the Voronezh Region Federal Security Service Directorate, Pavel Bolshunov, said today in conversation with the ITAR-TASS correspondent. He said “the sect’s activities in Russia began in eastern areas of the country. Cells first emerged in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Novosibirsk then moved to the Volga and central regions of the country.” Its leaders used drugs, known as shaman’s tea, when selecting and

Post-Soviet Sects Attract Minds and Rubles

Born-Again Non-Christians: Post-Soviet Sects Attract Minds and Rubles When Russia opened its iron curtains during perestroika, it instantly became a pristine target for missionaries. Since atheism was the official doctrine of the USSR, most people did not practice any religion. Their isolation from the outside world meant that they had no idea about Operation Snow White or other scandalous incidents involving untraditional religious groups. The entrance of different mainstream and fringe religions into Russia after 1989 became yet another novelty in the country. Considering the complete overhaul of people’s lives over the 1990’s, the appearance of missionaries hardly stood out

Founder of Group “Similar” to Aum Shinrikyo Arrested in Russia

Novosibirsk, 24 September: Konstantin Rudnev, the founder of the Ashram Shamballa organization of a religious orientation , has been detained in Novosibirsk Region, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry’s main administration for the Siberian Federal District told RIA Novosti on Friday . Ashram Shamballa’s activities are clearly aimed against society, the press service said, which was why it had been outlawed. Criminal proceedings against its leaders date back to 1999. Ashram Shamballa, the press service went on to say, is spiritually similar to the