- Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, has been running a religious sect for the last three decades
- The former traffic police was arrested along with two other leaders of the group and is accused of extorting money and causing physical and emotional harm
- The 59-year-old lost his job back in 1989 and later he claimed to have experienced an awakening
- Sergei's followers who are based in Siberia count years from 1961, the year of his birth
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A former traffic police officer who has been running a cult while claiming to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested by Russian authorities.
Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, has been running a religious sect for the last three decades known as the Church Of The Last Testament.
According to The Guardian, Sergei was arrested in the depths of Siberia, where his communities are based, with helicopters and armed police storming the area before capturing him.
He was arrested along with two other leaders of the group and stand accused of extorting money and causing physical and psychological harm.
The 59-year-old lost his job in 1989 and later he claimed to have experienced an awakening shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Many of his followers range from professionals from Russia and also believers from several countries across the world, according to the Guardian.
His followers, based in Siberia, reportedly wear strict clothing which are always bright in colour and count years from 1961, the year Vassarion was born.
Christmas to them comes early in the year on January 14, which is Sergei's date of birth.
According to BBC, they are also not allowed to consume meat, coffee, tea, sugar, and wheat products.
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Celebrating his daughter who clocked a year, he revealed that he left his wife at the hospital while she was in labour, to go drink and eat isiewu - a local spicy delicacy made with goat head.
In the story, he revealed that it was while he was eating, he got a call from his wife who told him she had successfully put to birth. He said he was so surprised he had to have the isiewu put in a takeaway pack for him.
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