Skip to comments.'Rasputin' who preyed on mothers of Beslan is arrested
Posted on 04/07/2006 1:31:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A self-styled mystic who claimed that he could resurrect children killed in the Beslan hostage crisis if their mothers paid him enough money has been arrested by police on suspicion of fraud.
Grigory Grabovoi, who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, had been in hiding for months but was captured by police at a séance he was conducting in Moscow on Wednesday night.
Grabovoi earned notoriety by claiming that he could cure Aids, prevent plane crashes and raise the dead. He has announced he will run for the Russian presidency in 2008 and has pledged to abolish death if he wins.
He caused outrage when it emerged that he had inveigled his way into a group of mothers whose children were killed at Beslan.
Children made up more than half the 331 people killed when an attempt by Russian security forces to free hostages inside the town's school 18 months ago went disastrously wrong.
Grabovoi's hold over the group was so strong that it drew comparisons with Grigory Rasputin, the "Mad Monk" who exercised a sinister influence over Russia's last tsarina, Alexandra by claiming to be able to cure her only son of haemophilia.
A group of 11 mothers joined Grabovoi for a séance last September at which he promised to resurrect their children by the following month. There was widespread revulsion in Russia at what was seen as a base attempt to exploit some of the country's most desperate and unhappy women.
how terribly terribly sad...this is quite upsetting to be honest...when i read stories like this i feel a terrible confused mix of desperate sadness mixed with incredible rage...it is the most disgusting crime to commit on people who are so vulnerable..this guy should be treated like judas...
The veracity of this article comes into question as the Czar's little boy did recover inexplicably when Rasputin came on the scene.
Is this the same Russian claiming to be Jesus that people, a couple of years back, would flock to Siberia to see?
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