You Can Emerge Now… The World Isn’t Ending April 2, 2008

You Can Emerge Now… The World Isn’t Ending

A Russian cult had been living underground for the past six months (sans TV or radio) awaiting the end of the world.

Looks like most of them have given up on that idea. 21 out of 35 of them to be exact. They said they received a “sign from God” that they should leave the bunker: it began caving in.

Even though they’ve come out of the cave, “the group will remain in a so-called prayer house in the nearby village of Nikolskoye until Orthodox Easter, which is April 27…”

A girl as young as eight-years-old emerged from the cave, but a child who is under two-years-old still remains underground.

Why did they do this in the first place? Because Pyotr Kuznetsov, the cult leader (and “prophet”), said so:

Kuznetsov has been charged with setting up a religious organization associated with violence and officials later said they had seized literature that included what appeared to be extremist rhetoric. He had been confined to a psychiatric hospital since last November, but was brought [to the city of] Nikolskoye late last month to help in negotiations.

An engineer from a devout family, Kuznetsov, who goes by the title of Father Pyotr, declared himself a prophet several years ago. He left his family and established the True Russian Orthodox Church and recruited followers in Russia and Belarus.

Kuznetsov did not stay in the bunker with his followers. He said God had other plans for him…

Since this is a cult, they have to believe more crazy things, right? Of course:

The sect is an ultra-devout splinter group of the Russian Orthodox church. They reject processed food and say bar codes on products are the work of Satan.

Man, that’s a lot of crazy. It’s amazing what can happen when someone in a position of authority makes claims that go unchecked or uncriticized.

I just hope the people come out alive and healthy; maybe they’ll discover how deceptive their false prophet has been.

(Thanks to Paul for the link!)

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  • Arlen

    Satan is the fluoride in your water. Now, give me all your money and go hide until I say it’s cool to come out.

  • Kevin L.

    I really, really don’t get this sort of thing. When people are born into a cult or religion, it’s easy to see how they were influenced into that life style because they were raised in it.

    But actively choosing complete lunacy like this?

  • incunabulum

    I was watching a Russian news broadcast about this the other day.

    The cave had to collapse four times in order for the latest group of 14 people to leave. Why? Because, of course, the first three times god was just testing them. God loves things in threes (especially in Russia). So when the fourth collapse caused an exit to appear 14 of the 28 that were remaining at that time chose to leave.

    The report also said that this was the ideological core of the group that chose to leave. So now the Russians don’t think it should be too hard to convince the remaining 14 to leave. They are using a LOT of resources on this, though. Workers are busy digging, pumping water out and pumping air in. Not to mention the negotiators. What a waste.

  • Karen

    They reject processed food and say bar codes on products are the work of Satan.

    Again with the bar codes? In the 70s, End Times preachers used to say that the UPC bars that started appearing on products were a precursor to the “mark of the beast” and signalled the start of the Antichrist’s reign.


  • They reject processed food and say bar codes on products are the work of Satan.

    There are lots of good reasons to reject processed foods (health, environmental impact, economic justice, etc.), and from an ethical standpoint I’d probably even go so far as to say they are “works of Satan” in a metaphorical sense, i.e. they contribute to the overall evil in the world. However, I don’t think any of this is what this group had in mind.

  • julie marie

    I didn’t know bar codes were also signs of impending doom.

    I read there is a 2 year old still in the cave. That makes me the saddest. 2 year olds everywhere should get to toddle around on their fat little feet teetering across the grass on their way to check out butterflies in the flowers. Not be stuck in caves awaiting the apocolypse.

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