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Russian doomsday cult calls credit cards satanic
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Posted on 03/31/2008 11:31:29 AM PDT by marthemaria

NIKOLSKOE, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian doomsday cult sheltering in a bunker say credit cards and food packaging bar codes are satanic, the official negotiating the release of children from the group said on Monday.

Around 30 followers, including four children, from across Russia and neighboring Belarus met last October and barricaded themselves into a hillside to escape an apocalypse their preacher says is looming in either April or May.

"For us right now, what's most important is the children," said Alexander Yelatontsev, an official from Russia's Penza Oblast region, who has been the chief point of contact for the cult since the siege began.

"They have burned their passports and say that all plastic (credit) cards and strip codes on food packaging are the work of Satan," he told reporters.

Yelatontsev said the people underground were in contact with him regularly, and would accept food only if it had not been processed with modern factory equipment.

"Right now they are asking for a cow so that they can have fresh, boiled milk that is not processed," he said.

He said progress was slow but local authorities were negotiating with the group to leave their refuge.

"In as much as their beliefs have been formed over a long period of time, convincing them to come out is not going to happen quickly," he said

On Friday the entrance to the bunker partially collapsed after rain and melting snow soaked the muddy hillside and the ground gave way.

Seven women were isolated from the rest of the group by the mudslide, and had to emerge from their shelter and seek refuge in a nearby home. The bunker is near the village of Nikolskoe, 750 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow.

Russian authorities said the splinter sect of the Russian Orthodox church was formed by preacher Pyotr Kuznetsov, who convinced members the world would end in April.

Kuznetsov did not join his followers underground, saying God had given him different tasks. He was arrested but psychiatrists determined he was unfit to stand trial.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: creditcards; cult; doomsday
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1 posted on 03/31/2008 11:31:29 AM PDT by marthemaria
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2 posted on 03/31/2008 11:32:55 AM PDT by Chili Girl
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To: marthemaria

“...credit cards and food packaging bar codes are satanic...,”

They’re right!


3 posted on 03/31/2008 11:34:21 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: marthemaria

This explains why my husband’s head spins like Linda Blair every time the MasterCard bill arrives.

;^)


4 posted on 03/31/2008 11:34:51 AM PDT by Mrs.Z ("...you're a Democrat. You're expected to complain and offer no solutions." Denny Crane)
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To: marthemaria

As I’m cutting my credit cards up, I’m inclined to agree.


5 posted on 03/31/2008 11:35:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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To: marthemaria

I can agree that credit cards are possessed by the devil.

Oh wait, that was my ex wife who possessed them.


6 posted on 03/31/2008 11:35:29 AM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: ctdonath2

I think they’re evil, but it has nothing to do with the bar code.


7 posted on 03/31/2008 11:36:01 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (As government expands, liberty contracts. Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: marthemaria
Russian doomsday cult calls credit cards satanic

They have Bank of America in Russia?

8 posted on 03/31/2008 11:37:03 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: ctdonath2

My credit card was stolen. When I got the next statement, the thief charged a lot less than my wife, so I let him keep it.


9 posted on 03/31/2008 11:38:28 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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“Kuznetsov did not join his followers underground, saying God had given him different tasks.”
Not to be suspicious but I wonder if those other tasks involve testing PINs at ATMs or dining on donated prepackaged foods.


10 posted on 03/31/2008 11:39:07 AM PDT by DancesWithBolsheviks
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No, rather, it is the evil credit card companies who prey upon unsuspecting people and slip credit cards in their pockets. Once in their pockets these credit cards pull their new owner into stores and forces them - possession like - to spend way beyond their means. In reality, I think the credit cards are simply jealous of the SUVs. SUVs are driving people off the cliff and running others over. Credit cards want in on the act too! They want to force people to spend!! It's a crime and Congress should step in and protect us!!
11 posted on 03/31/2008 11:39:59 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: BlazingArizona

Well, it used to be the Bank of Italy before it was BofA, why not Russia next?


12 posted on 03/31/2008 11:41:23 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: marthemaria

how did our kooks manage to get all the way to Russia??

I thought we were the only ones who had the black helicopter crowd. Hmm. Maybe Russia really is becoming a true democracy.


13 posted on 03/31/2008 11:42:13 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: Obadiah

Nor should the credit card companies discriminate against the unemployed. They should be required to give them cards and a shredder machine so they can cut them up free of charge.


14 posted on 03/31/2008 11:42:19 AM PDT by DancesWithBolsheviks
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To: DancesWithBolsheviks

LOL,You might be on to something there


15 posted on 03/31/2008 11:42:32 AM PDT by marthemaria (i)
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This is what happens when people take Chuck Palahniuk too seriously.

16 posted on 03/31/2008 11:42:36 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Obadiah

The cards get it from associating while in your pocket with the evil guns, which spontaneously go on shooting rampages, killing innocent yoots who was never involved in gangs before.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 11:43:40 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: marthemaria

Mount Carmel II?


18 posted on 03/31/2008 11:44:03 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: marthemaria

I agree with the credit card part.


19 posted on 03/31/2008 11:44:47 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: marthemaria

I find it sad that they are asking for a cow from the authorities so they can have milk, too bad that they are against modern food otherwise could have sent them in a box of Oreos too.


20 posted on 03/31/2008 11:46:58 AM PDT by bankcritic (Never spend your money before you have it. - Thomas Jefferson)
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