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Self-proclaimed Christ

<p>Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. Former police officer Vissarion gave up his original name of Sergei Torop and created a sect in 1991, whose members give up their property to join the construction of a so-called Sun City on the slopes of the mountain where their leader is. 

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Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. Former...more

Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. Former police officer Vissarion gave up his original name of Sergei Torop and created a sect in 1991, whose members give up their property to join the construction of a so-called Sun City on the slopes of the mountain where their leader is. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A man looks at a portrait of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, at its church in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010.

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A man looks at a portrait of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, at its church in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A man looks at a portrait of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, at its church in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Vissarion (R, top), who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 


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Vissarion (R, top), who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18,...more

Vissarion (R, top), who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A man stands in front of a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. 

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A man stands in front of a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin more

A man stands in front of a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 

  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August...more

Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, listen to an orator during their daily meeting in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010.

  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, listen to an orator during their daily meeting in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. ...more

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, listen to an orator during their daily meeting in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise),  southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of...more

Members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession during the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A man prays at a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. 

 REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin </p>

A man prays at a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A man prays at a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of...more

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 

 REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel...more

Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, cross a river during a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin</p>

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, cross a river during a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of...more

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, cross a river during a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. 

 REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of...more

Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the "Holiday of Good Fruit" celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A general view of the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), where members of the religious sect of Vissarion live, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

A general view of the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), where members of the religious sect of Vissarion live, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A general view of the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), where members of the religious sect of Vissarion live, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A woman rides a bicycle past a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

A woman rides a bicycle past a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin more

A woman rides a bicycle past a church of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. 

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin </p>

Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel...more

Sergei Chevalkov (L), a senior priest, addresses members of the religious sect of Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, during the Children's Liturgy as they take part in the "Holiday of Good Fruit" feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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