24 October 2008, 17:34
Police arrested notorious Russian cultist who set up orgies
Moscow, October 24, Interfax - Law enforcement agencies detained the leader of Ashram Shambala cult Konstantin Rudnev after several years of a futile search.
He stayed in a flat not far from Berdsk, the Novosibirsk Region. Though he also had another 'headquarters,' the Komsomolskaya Pravda website has reported on Friday.
"Our officers had to penetrate in the two flats. However, according to legislation, we didn't have the right to break their door open. The help came by chance - there was an underage missing girl from Minsk in one flat, who figured in a criminal case," sources in law enforcement agencies said.
The police arrested Rudnev and released his voluntarily captives on Thursday at 7 a.m. Rudnev 'became famous' in cultist field in Arkhangelsk. Then the police closed his sect named the School of Geishas. Its adherents tried to open 'secrets of the universe' by the way of sex orgies.
The sect attracted women promising to 'release their hidden sexual energy' and teach them how 'to seduce a partner.' After making a small payment, 'lakshmi' (thus the sect called 'geishas') were given a brief course of lections on good and evil, 'the power of feminity' and 'liberation of chakras.'
Graduates of the school had to pass 'exams' where they were offered to take part in group sex and sex with animals. The sect leaders called it 'tantrum-yoga.'
Trip to Altay, meeting with supreme 'ashram priestess' Amrita and everlasting search of 'shambala' were in store for Rudnev's best pupils.
'In spite of the evident debility of Rudnev's teaching, he has thousands of followers. Since 1990-s he practiced money-laundering, seduction of the underaged, sexual violation and other perversions. All orgies were filmed on video and sold abroad. The sect originates from the academic town of Novosibirsk, and then grasped the whole Russia and even penetrated abroad,' deputy head of the informational and consulting center on sects at the Cathedral of St. Alexander of Neva in Novosibirsk Oleg Zayev said.