Russian cult leader who claims he is the reincarnation of Jesus is detained

Russian special forces today staged a special operation to detain a former traffic cop who leads a sect in Siberia claiming he is Jesus Christ.

Sergei Torop, known as Vissarion, and his closest aide Vadim Redkin, a former rock musician, were reportedly detained and flown away under armed guard.  

The 59-year-old is a former Red Army conscript who claimed he was reborn in 1990 as the literal reincarnation of the son of God.

Russian agents carried out a large military-style operation with four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops storming the remote compound called Sun City.

Sergei Torop (pictured), a cult leader known as Vissarion who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, was detained in Siberia today

Sergei Torop (pictured), a cult leader known as Vissarion who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, was detained in Siberia today 

Torop, 59, is a former Red Army conscript and traffic policeman who claimed he was reborn in 1990 as the literal reincarnation of the son of God

Torop, 59, is a former Red Army conscript and traffic policeman who claimed he was reborn in 1990 as the literal reincarnation of the son of God

Russian agents carried out a large military-style operation with four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops

Russian agents carried out a large military-style operation with four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops

The operation appeared to involve the Russian National Guard, a force under the command of Vladimir Putin, but also involved the FSB security service. 

The Russian Investigative Committee said the sect was being probed for using 'psychological violence' causing some followers 'serious harm to their health'.

Torop and two other sect leaders Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov were detained in the raid, a statement said.

They are also being investigated on suspicion of 'causing grievous bodily harm to two or more persons.' 

Footage showed masked special forces with combat machine guns at the group's territory in the remote Kuraginsky district of Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia.

Other officers appeared to be in plain clothes.

Local resident Alexander Staroverov said: 'There are 50 avtozaks (cells on wheels), 50 buses, an ambulance, and medical workers.'

Torop and Redkin 'were put into helicopters and taken away in an unknown direction', he said. 

The operation appeared to involve the Russian National Guard, a force under the command of Vladimir Putin, but also involved the FSB security service

The operation appeared to involve the Russian National Guard, a force under the command of Vladimir Putin, but also involved the FSB security

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