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Meet Vissarion – The Siberian Jesus, Former Soviet Soldier Turned Cult Leader

Transition from a godless army soldier to a religious messiah

Photo: Youtube screenshot & Bogdan Tzvetkov

Vissarion or known by his real name as Sergey Anatolyevitch Toro (56) from Russia was a normal man, a traffic police officer and before that a Red Army soldier, the soldier of an godless Atheist army in a way. Before his self-revelation he lived his life like any other Soviet citizen, but in 1990 it was the first time he appeared to the public. After the colapse of Soviet Union he founded a community in Tiberkulu, Siberia, which soon developed from a community into a cult Mirror reports .

It is said that this Siberian Jesus had two wife’s and six children, however he broke up with his first wife and later married the 19-years younger one. His followers are taught reincarnation, vegetarianism and the arrival of apocalypse. One of his predictions is that the world will be hit with the great flood, and promises to its faithful worshipers salvation and spiritual perfection.

About five thousand people in Siberia believed in the story of this self-proclaimed prophet. Venerable worshipers of Vissarion must abide by strict rules and refrain from mischief – they should not drink alcohol or cigarettes, money is strictly forbidden and they are all vegetarians.

“It was an important moment (the collapse of the Soviet Union) and also the most appropriate in this universe for me to appear,” ~ Toro explained.

Many of his fans have left successful careers to follow the path of their prophet. Now, a new generation of Vissarions is being promoted at local schools in Siberia. We have a school of noble and pure virgins here. We prepare girls for one day to become wives, brides to honest men. They must learn to never rise above men, not to praise their freedom, but to be shy, obscure, and weak – said Sergey Anatolyevitch Toro for the BBC.

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