Russian Man Says He's The Reincarnation Of Jesus, And He Already Has More Than 5,000 Followers

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In the wilderness of Siberia, thousands of people have flocked to a group of small towns named Petropavlovka.

One of the villages in PetropavlovkaJulia Sellman

What would drive people to drop everything and move to a cottage in one of the coldest and most remote parts of the planet? The chance to meet the Son of God in person. Petropavlovka is home to almost 5,000 "Vissarionites," who worship a man who claims to be Jesus reincarnated.

Vissarion.New Irina

Vissarion, a.k.a. the Teacher, lives in a private compound nearby, but his followers get to hear him give sermons where he discusses topics like vegetarianism, reincarnation and the coming apocalypse, which he says will be a "great flood." Before that day comes, Vissarion hopes to unite all the world's religions.

Vissarion's "Last Testament."

His followers also study the Last Testament, Vissarion's 10-volume "sequel" to the Bible which includes philosophy, descriptions of aliens and warnings about the future. His followers are also forbidden from drinking and smoking, or using money.

So who is Vissarion? And how did his Church get started?

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