NY Times: Long arms of Russian law – unsafe even for Siberian hermits

As he prays, the sound of small bells is heard from the wooden gazebo. Those bells belong to the Church of the Last Testament, which was founded in 1991 by Visarion.

True, at the time he was named Sergei Torop, worked as a policeman, and in his spare time was interested in art.

Today, Demidov and thousands of other members of his church consider Visarion to be the living God. However, the Russian state considers him a criminal.


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