How much do you know about the actual culture of Russia? Many people have misconceptions about its culture, as stereotypes tend to falsely represent all kinds of cultures.
One thing about Russia is that it is a very strongly Christian country. If you meet a Russian or Ukrainian in the US, for example in California where a lot of them live, they are probably from a strongly Christian family (speaking from firsthand experience).
Perhaps this is the culture that allowed the cult of the Church of the Last Testament to thrive. In some respects, the family values and discipline of Russian people is admirable.
A man in the deep Russian depths of Siberia runs what is essentially a cult, claiming to be Jesus Christ reincarnated. Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop is referred to as Vissarion. He is now 56 years old. According to Wikipedia:
He founded and heads a religious or sect movement known as the Church of the Last Testament with its head church in the Siberian Taiga in the Minusinsk Depression east of Abakan, in the southern Siberia Kuraginsk district of Krasnoyarsk territory, in the small settlement of Petropavlovka.
VICE did an expose on the organization several years back, but recently the viral story was revived by tabloid mainstream media, pointing out that the man is a former traffic policeman. The VICE documentary is currently at over 9 million views.
According to a recent article from Mirror titled “Is this the reincarnation of Jesus? Meet the former traffic policeman turned cult leader being worshiped by Russians”:
Thousands of Russians think it’s true and worship 56-year-old Sergey Anatolyevitch Toro, who calls himself Vissarion and lives with his two wives.
He teaches reincarnation, vegetarianism, and apocalypse.
His worshipers include the residents of a network of villages in Kuraginsk, in southern Siberia. His followers observe strict rules and are vegetarians. They are allowed no vices such as smoking or drinking alcohol and money is banned.
It would make sense that the western mainstream media would revive this old story to make Russian culture generally look bad.
Certain moral values of the Russian people are certainly admirable, and particularly strong. A culture that appreciates family is definitely present there and is something to be appreciated.
Cults can form in any country or culture. In the West, people in great positions of power behave like cult members behind closed doors.