The mother of many children gave birth to five children in the Vissarion sect, and when there was a miscarriage, she could not get to the hospital.
Former follower of the teachings of Vissarion Elena Chevalkova testified in the Krasnoyarsk court, where the case on the liquidation of the "Church of the Last Testament" is being considered. The founders of the religious movement are in the Novosibirsk pre-trial detention center.
The sect in the 1990s was founded in the Krasnoyarsk taiga by a former policeman from Khakassia Seregy Torop (Vissarion). Chevalkova arrived there with her parents in 1995 and soon married the son of a priest.
In marriage, they had five children. The woman gave birth to all of them at home, although she was registered in the antenatal clinic. In the community, in principle, home births were accepted. Only in the early 2000s, when Vissarion introduced exemptions, the woman was allowed to go to the feldsher-obstetric center.
Chevalkova said that it was difficult to get to the nearest hospital: first, a few kilometers on foot from the mountain, then 3.5 hours in a UAZ car along a bad road. Once a woman had a miscarriage, and she asked her husband to take her to the doctors, but he refused.
“I adhered to dietary restrictions at this time 1, it was impossible to eat bread, animal products, sugar and even salt, after starting to eat everything. She explained that the restrictions were softened for the followers, since Vissarion saw that it was difficult for people, and gave indulgences - in 2002 they allowed "milk" to pregnant women, in 2005 believers began to have chickens and goats, "Chevalkova's testimony, published in the telegram, says. channel dedicated to the Vissarion case.
In 2017, she left the community with her children. She was recognized as a victim in the criminal case, believes that she suffered property and moral damage, since she left the house with a plot and was not reimbursed for the costs.
“20 years of my life was wasted,” the witness believes.
In September 2020, Torop and his assistants Vadim Redkin (a former member of the Laskoviy May group) and Vladimir Vedernikov were detained on the territory of a religious community in the forest of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and sent to a pre-trial detention center in Novosibirsk. They were charged under Part 1 of Art. 239 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Creation of a religious association whose activities involve violence against citizens”).
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