33 The New Religion Created by the Living God

The New Religion Created by the Living God

Posted on July 14, 2011 by team

20 years have passed since the moment when a former traffic policeman, Sergei Torop, decided to live in the taiga and create a new religion. Today, his Church of the Last Testament has several thousand followers who live in the villages of the Kuragino Region, and everyone in the Krasnoyarsk Territory heard of Vissarion (this is how the latter-day prophet calls himself). Let’s visit one of those villages and see how people live in anticipation of the Judgement Day.

“The Kingdom of Heaven” on the Earth

In the early 90s, tens of thousands people left their friends and relatives, renounced wealth and came to these semi-abandoned villages. They believed in Vissarion’s prediction about the imminent end of the world, and came to build “a new society based on spiritual love”.

The picture clearly shows the condition of all these villages.

According to theologians, Vissarion’s doctrine is a religious hotchpotch of Christianity, Buddhism, primitive religiousness and esotericism. Newcomers should follow the strict canons established by the local church. Basic requirements are naivety, obedience, strict vegan diet with no meat, fish and dairy products, readiness for continuous physical labor and reproduction, and the denial of medical care.

Having heard of all this, one expects to see gloomy men, exhausted women and oppressed children, but…

Entering the village of Petropavlovka (the earthly outpost of “the Kingdom of Heaven”), it becomes pretty clear that everything is different here. New wooden houses with carved window frames stand along dusty streets among large plots of land.

Pictured: the village shop.

The streets are full of young people walking with intelligent faces, bearded men in high polished boots, women in colorful kerchiefs and long skirts. All is clean, lawns are neatly trimmed.

Local shops sell neither vodka nor meat, only vegetables, fruit and sweets. The atmosphere of a commune reigns here.

The construction near the village is in full swing. A Bulgarian businessman, Misha (here everyone calls each other by name) is building a small wood processing plant where local people would be able to work.

The proponents of the new faith are eager to get to this “impassable backwater”. And their chances are higher if they have money with themselves (though, money is supposed to be evil and should be despised).

“Nothing human is alien to us”

The cultural center.

A curious notice on the wall of the center reads: “The moral and ethical meeting to review the situation in the natural family of the Mamrikovs will be held at the Children’s Art House at 6 p.m., Friday.”

The house of worship. The believers gather there at weekends. On weekdays, its doors are opened to everyone.

A row of shoes at the entrance. Soft carpets on the floor. The photo of Vissarion covers the iconostasis. Several women and a little girl sit on the floor and sing in chorus. It’s quite obvious that the latter wants to run away from here, to play on the grass or to have fun on the slide constructed near the playground.


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33 Responses to “The New Religion Created by the Living God”

  1. Asmodeus says:

    I wonder if they would allow me to live with my four wives from Utah.

  2. DouglasU says:

    playing the game of playing Jesus…..OK, if you have peace of mind.

  3. ThePigFlies says:

    As nice as this looks and how they try to make it appear, this does sound like a cult.
    As for the children, they deserve a proper education and health care, they are unable to choose and their parents are neglecting their responsibilities over them.

  4. A. Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. To make a life like this takes a lot of sacrifice. The life depicted here is superior to many of the scenes depicted on this site. Today’s rapidly expanding, organically natural counter culture has taken root in their prophet’s vision. Look for more pilgrim’s from Europe arriving.

    • zhann says:

      Those of ill fate are quick to grasp anything that offers hope. You will rarely see a person prospering falling for such a farce. Those who turn to religion generally do so to fill a void … those turning to a cult are generally those with the largest voids to fill.

      • testicules says:

        @Zhann… What about all the celebraties that joined Scientology. Are they really from Xenu?

      • Archy Bunka says:

        Well said, however, there are several notable exceptions, there always is.
        The thing is: what else is there to fill this void. As reprehensible as some religions behave no government, nor political affiliation, can fill the spiritual void in people. The world seems to change faster and faster, some people want to get off.

        • Kalimba says:

          Archy has an interesting point. Unfortunately there are some crooks that take advantage of good people. The human needs Archy exposed, are real all around the world.

    • opticalsound says:

      I think the problem is not the belief, but when a person assumes the mantle of King, Savior, etc.

  5. Chac Mool says:

    For some people, it’s bad for business when the world doesn’t get destroyed every once in a while.

  6. Musa says:

    I love those wooden houses and structures. Russians definitely know how to work with wood.

    There are certainly a whole lot of weak-minded people who need someone to think for them and tell them what they should believe. I don’t get it but if it makes them happy, let them do whatever the Hell they want.

    But they should always do what’s best for their children as far as education and healthcare go.

    Not all homeschooling is lacking and less then public education. Some of it can be and is far superior than what some children get in public schools.

  7. piehip says:

    So this is what happens when hippies find religion.

  8. opticalsound says:

    Vissarion is too close to Vissarionovich for my liking…

  9. marxistworker says:

    Instead of tribalistic religion, we should be noting Bastille Day: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”

  10. SMERSH says:

    As long as there are no abusive sexual components or a suicide pact like the Jim Jones cult…otherwise, I can’t really find fault. Let parents raise their children as they see fit. Everyone in the pictures looks healthy and happy. Not knowing anymore about the cult it’s not for me to judge. We have a number of communes here out West that look similar. Most of them are harmless. The kids usually get bored and run off to rejoin society eventually and their educations often DOES suffer.

  11. alessio says:

    I will be your follower but first… I need 4 russian wifes a strong Olga to cut the timber.
    A sexy blondine a red hair and a brunette.
    And I will be your follower
    Anyway my childrens would get health care if you want it or not : D

  12. (r)evolutionist says:

    You’re a smart man, Jeff.

  13. Mizz... (A) says:

    That man is as close to a murder one can get due to his actions, good people are in jail because of his actions.

  14. Ham are sick, Al says:

    Looks like a cult to me. Similar to offshoot Mormanism, Branch Davidian in Waco Texas,Jim Jones and Sun-Yung Moon. Remember the words of Jesus… “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matt 24:5

  15. testicules says:


  16. ho fo sho says:

    Definately a cult. when one or very few individuals dictate how you dress or what you may or may not eat, etc. It’s a cult. Not all cults are the scary stereotypical ones either.

  17. Paisley_Pirate says:

    or the line before that about the “local Security Guards” not allowing them up close??? Security where everyone is equal? Sounds like some folks are more equal than others…

  18. tamtam says:

    This group reminds me of a cross between cults of personality (Jonestown, Manson’s Family, etc) and the Old Believers of the Russian Orthodox Church who hightail it out of civilization and into the taiga

  19. Dan says:

    What! This is Communism!!!

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