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Russian Sect Kept Children Underground for 10 Years

Russian Sect Kept Children Underground for 10 Years

Russian officials unearthed a Muslim religious sect that had taken its community underground for over 10 years. Over two dozen children have been raised in the strict sect and were taken from the leaders’ custody by officials after the premises were searched on August 1, Reuters reports.

Prosecutors told the press on Wednesday that the children have been taken from the parents and those parents have been charged with child abuse. The children were raised without access to sunlight and no available heating or noticeable ventilation. The youngest of the children was about 18 months old and many of them had been born underground. Officials told the press that all the children needed medical attention to assess their condition.

The sect had only been discovered after police searched the grounds as part of a separate investigation into the attack on a Tatarstan Muslim cleric, Ildus Faizov, a moderate Muslim religious leader who was probably targeted for his anti-extremist stance. The Moscow Times describes the evolution of the Muslim group and how it came to house so many people. It was started by a Muslim official, Faizrakhman Satarov and quickly developed into an extremist sect:

Satarov, a former top imam in the neighboring province of Bashkortostan, declared his house outside Kazan an independent Islamic state. He ordered some 70 followers to live in cells they dug under the three-story building topped by a small minaret with a tin crescent moon. Only a few sect members were allowed to leave the premises to work as traders at a local market.

Their living space was created under an old three-story house on a 700-square-meter plot of land. The construction was illegal and authorities plan to demolish the house. Around 60 members followed Satarov, who declared himself a prophet in 1964 after falling out with major Muslim authorities.

Investigators plan to charge Satarov with “arbitrariness” in running the compound and he could serve up to six months in prison for the offense. The parents of the children will be charged separately for failing to complete their duties as parents, Discovery News points out.

The city of Kazan sits a few hundred miles to the east of Moscow and is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. The region is normally a relatively peaceful area but recent political and religious disagreements between officials and extremist Muslim sects have caused friction and violence.

 

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12:31AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Religious leaders who set themselves up as god.

Followers who are superstitious and uneducated.

Ignorance of science and the world.

>>>>>>>> RELIGIONS.

10:13AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Bonjour,

The enemy is not religion. The enemy is fanatism and false data, false informations promoted like they are part of one religion.
Personnaly, I know some Islamists. And they are in front of a big problem. Some persons are presenting their religion with many false datas. And if a young boy want to know the real data, he could not read the exact one, because of his lack of education.
The Coran is too dfficult for him to read.
Then, how do you know if you are doing something because of your faith and as "the Coran has said" or you are doing something because somebody has told you "the Coran said this"...
This must be taken in account.

3:54PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Very sad. I hope these children can now have a healthy and happy life. They will need a lot of professional help and TLC.

8:21AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Those poor children.

5:07AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

@ Sian R
As many atheist nutters you say. Funny that. Go find some lists of people who have contributed to scientific progress, and check what percentage of these people are believers vs atheists. Find out what percentage of prison inmates consider themselves believers. Check what percentage of professors and scientists are believers. Starting to see the picture? Non-believers are statistically a lot more likely to be rational, more clever, non-violent, reasonable etc. nothing brings out the stupidity in people more so then religion. NO atheist ever do crazy things in the NAME of atheism. Religious people do crazy things on a daily basis IN THE NAME OF RELIGION!

4:57AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

@ JT S
If you think islam is just like any other religion, think again, and open your eyes. Which other religion has literally thousands of followers jumping up and down demanding the death of anyone who makes fun of it? You might find the odd case of some christian nutter who did this or that, but that comes nowhere near the scale of fanatics islam gives rise to. Reading the koran you will find page after page of hate and justification for suppressing and killing non-muslims. You seem to be very ignorant. I encourage you to find out about the real intent of islam. Just open your ears and hear what ISLAMISTS THEMSELVES say, not me! Islam IS a problem, and I have no intention to stop exposing it for what it is just because ignorant people like yourself think it's just like any other stupid belief. It's not. It's a horrible ideology much worse than nazism. Maybe one day you will wake up too. Hopefully.

4:40AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

noted

4:31AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

If Satarov, did indeed declare himself a prophet then he would no longer be a muslim - and nor would the people who followed him. According to Islam Mohammed is 'the final prophet'.

You'll find nut jobs in many religions. I've met quite a few. But idiocy isn't necessarily confined to religion. I've met just as many athiest nutters, too. Conversely, I know highly intelligrent people in both (all?) camps.

4:31AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Islam is NOT the enemy! People need to stop blaming the religion for the stupidity of its followers. This is true of ALL religions! True Islam teaches peace and worships the same God as the Christians and the Jewish (where the Jewish will refer to God as Yahweh, the Muslims refer to God as Allah, the difference is simply the language spoken). Back in the 1930s in Germany, it was the Jews who were the problem. (That happened in the US as well, just not at quite the same time.) Now, it's the Muslims. Currently, the ONLY time you hear about a criminal's religious affiliation is if they're Muslim. Wall Street bankers steal your money and cause you to become destitute. What's their religious affiliation? (If it's anything other than Islam right now, you'll never hear about it.)

I'm not saying that what this particular religious fanatic did was right. I'm simply saying that I'm fed up with only hearing about the person's religious affiliation is when it happens to be Islam. Heaven forbid that when people who claim to be Christians commit a crime, their Christianity is blamed for it. Or if someone who's Jewish commits a crime, their Judaism is blamed for it. Apparently, the Holocaust only taught people to stop accusing the Jewish for everything wrong with the world simply because of their religion. It would be so nice if people would extrapolate out and stop blaming the religion for the actions of its followers, regardless of whether said followers blame their reli

4:31AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Islam is NOT the enemy! People need to stop blaming the religion for the stupidity of its followers. This is true of ALL religions! True Islam teaches peace and worships the same God as the Christians and the Jewish (where the Jewish will refer to God as Yahweh, the Muslims refer to God as Allah, the difference is simply the language spoken). Back in the 1930s in Germany, it was the Jews who were the problem. (That happened in the US as well, just not at quite the same time.) Now, it's the Muslims. Currently, the ONLY time you hear about a criminal's religious affiliation is if they're Muslim. Wall Street bankers steal your money and cause you to become destitute. What's their religious affiliation? (If it's anything other than Islam right now, you'll never hear about it.)

I'm not saying that what this particular religious fanatic did was right. I'm simply saying that I'm fed up with only hearing about the person's religious affiliation is when it happens to be Islam. Heaven forbid that when people who claim to be Christians commit a crime, their Christianity is blamed for it. Or if someone who's Jewish commits a crime, their Judaism is blamed for it. Apparently, the Holocaust only taught people to stop accusing the Jewish for everything wrong with the world simply because of their religion. It would be so nice if people would extrapolate out and stop blaming the religion for the actions of its followers, regardless of whether said followers blame their reli

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