- 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.
It was previously reported that a mzungu preacher resembling 'Jesus' who brought things to a standstill in Kitengela, Kajiado country during a crusade organised by local PEFA Church.
Michael Job, a prolific preacher from United States of America (USA), left locals in awe and great admiration of his striking resemblance with the Messiah soon as he took to stage to preach.
The powerful sermon which went down on Wednesday, July 24, evening, was characterised by commotion and confusion emanating from the preacher's appearance.
Majority of locals who arrived at the open field venue where the prayers were being held surrendered their lives to Christ fearing the world could be coming to an end.
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