Pornoseparatists go on trial for sexual molestation
Six persons involved in the case fled abroad and were declared wanted.
The spiritual leader and two members of the Kaula Dharma sect will be brought to justice. A native of Khabarovsk and a former fitness instructor, Sergey Kirienko (Mitradevanand Paramahamsa), organized a totalitarian sect and kept three children in the basement of a house near Moscow; they were beaten and raped, the ICR reports.
According to investigators, Kirienko created a cult which he promoted among the followers and their children, denying values of morality and ethics. In particular, sectarians filmed pornography and were engaged in prostitution, and the spiritual leader got 80 thousand each month.
In 2015, sectarians placed three children in the basement of one of the Moscow region houses; they were beaten for the slightest offense in front of the community leader and "other violent acts of a sexual nature" were committed against them.
In 2016, six members of the sect fled abroad, they were wanted, and their criminal cases were separated. In the summer of 2017 in Belarus, the police found a five-year-old boy who disappeared over a year ago in Moscow in the company of an unknown man. It turned out his mother joined the cult. At the same time, Kirienko was detained in Bulgaria and was taken to Russia in the fall.
Kirienko and members of the sect Tatiana Severtseva and Dmitry Tsaturyan are accused of Torturing Minors (part 2 of Article 117 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Sexual Assault (part 4 of Art. 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Deliberately Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (part 3 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Unlawful Deprivation of Liberty (part 2 of Art. 127 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Creation of a Cult (Art. 239 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).