A shaman walking with a band of followers to the Kremlin in a bid to exorcise evil in the form of Vladimir Putin has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
The arrival of heavily-armed men in dark suits and cars with black windows stunned followers of Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev, who were camped beside the road on their march to Moscow.
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They said the men were equipped with high-tech telephone jammers so it was not possible to make calls, and refused to identify themselves as they bundled the shaman and his cart into vehicles and drove away.
The move follows a series of smear articles alleging that the shaman was a fraudster in Russian media immediately prior to his seizure.
One witness told local media: “The track was blocked by special services with weapons, they quickly surrounded our camp, and went right to the shaman’s tent… There were maybe several dozen of them.”
According to eyewitnesses, it was impossible to confirm who carried out the detention, as none of the masked men introduced themselves or showed identification. In their hands, they had weapons and lights. In total, about forty people came to the camp. They also blocked the road and used cell jammers. Those who tried to demand an explanation and asked questions were laid face down on the ground. Several activists were also detained.
It is unknown where Gabyshev is now but one local media source Sibir.Realii said the dawn raid had been carried out by Russian special services.
And Znak.com, citing one of the eyewitnesses, also said that it had been carried out by police over allegations that the shaman was guilty of “organising an extremist community”.
In an interview with Central European News (CEN), a spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Buryatia said: “On 19th September, on the 202nd kilometre of the federal highway M-53 “Baikal”, police officers on behalf of the prosecutors detained a man born in 1958 who is wanted for a crime in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the detainee is planned to be transported from Ulan-Ude to Yakutsk for investigation.”
According to journalist Boris Vetrov, a psychiatric examination has been prescribed for Gabyshev.
Social networks have already reacted to the news about the abduction of the shaman.
‘Olga Portnova’ said: “What a naive Yakut shaman… Surely it was clear from the beginning that it would end like this? Our political masters are already so inadequate that they fear their own shadows, never mind that rogue shaman.”
And ‘Zimorodok Mult’ said: “Any criticism of power is classified as extremism and terrorism. The dissatisfied must be imprisoned.
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