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Russian Police Detain Siberian Shaman on Mission to ‘Banish Putin’

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Moscow, Sep 19: Russian police on Thursday detained a Siberian shaman who was on a mission to drive out President Vladimir Putin who he describes as a “demon”.

Police in the eastern Siberian region of Buryatia said they had detained the shaman, Alexander Gabyshev, on a highway near Lake Baikal and would send him back to his home region where he is “wanted for committing a crime”, AFP reported.

Gabyshev’s eccentric bid to walk from his home city of Yakutsk to Moscow, a distance of some 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles), has seen a group of followers join him on the way.

“God said that he’s a demon,” Gabyshev told the TV Rain channel in July.

“Nature doesn’t like him. Where he is, there are cataclysms and acts of terror.”

“Once he’s gone, there will be a thousand years of calm and prosperity,” he said, wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt and surrounded by supporters at a gathering in Chita.

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