In the village of the Penza region Poganovka 30 sectarians went to the dugout and piled in, threatening to blow themselves up if they are to get out of there by force. So they hope to escape the end of the world, which they forecast will come in May 2008.
The head of a sect of 43-year-old native of Pyotr Kuznetsov. How to tell his fellow villagers, intelligent man, with a higher education - Construction Institute graduated, married, son about 18 years. But something happened to him once, hit a particular faith. He opened a house of worship, and there began to arrive from other cities, settled in Poganovke and neighboring St. Nicholas. At the entrance to the village they found a large wooden cross, "Komsomolskaya Pravda".
Several months ago, house of worship on the door there was an inscription: "Excuse me, we have a vow of silence." How to tell the locals, Peter forbade parishioners to communicate with relatives. And then he announced that in May 2008 the world will end, but he knows how to be saved. In summer, the sectarians began to prepare a shelter. In the ravine, about half a kilometer from the house of worship, dug a cave, have gas cylinders, supplies, kerosene and recently moved there. This took away the children. According to the District Attorney Alevtina Volchkova, there are four children, the youngest - about one and a half years, others - school age.
According to the prosecutor's office Bekovsky area of the Penza region, with the tunnel sectarians have stocks of food, grain, petrol and kerosene. Among them is a physician-microbiologist, the temperature inside the dugout - 12-17 degrees. "People are threatening that if they start to dig out forcibly, they burn themselves. This the first time we have going on, so we try to keep the situation under control. They talked and clergy, and representatives of law enforcement agencies. At the entrance to the tunnel is on duty around the clock by police. For the inhabitants of the dugout make the administrative report. If there are grounds, then opened a criminal case "- quoted" Komsomolskaya Pravda ", the words of the district prosecutor's Alevtina Volochkova.
To apocalyptic sectarians sent a "persuasive words" Archbishop of Penza and Kuznetsk Filaret reminded Recluse words from the Bible: "We remember the Savior's words, uttered on the eve of his death on the cross and turned to the future of Christians:" ... not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. " From these words of the Gospel, we keep His commandments main relating to consummation of the age: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation" - leads the government's handling of the Archbishop site of the Penza region. In addition, the prior of Assumption Cathedral Father Sergius tried to reason hiding in a cave, but to no avail.
Mass suicide cultists - very often occur in the world. So, on April 19, 1993 in Waco, Texas (USA), after the 50-day siege by the police of the estate of a religious sect "Branch Davidian" about 90 members, including 25 children, committed self-immolation. October 5th, 1994. In the Swiss canton of Valais and Fribourg fired 48 members of the religious sect "of the Order of the Temple of the Sun". At the end of December 1995. In the French Alps near the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chérennes ritual fire killed 16 people, including three children. March 26, 1997. San Diego (California, USA) committed suicide 39 sect "Heaven's Gate", which received a lethal dose of phenobarbital.