posted on Jun, 25 2010 @ 09:52 AM
I wasn't sure whether to post it in "Paranormal studies" or here, but I think it has lots more cultural and legal aspect to it than paranormal, so
here it is. I couldn't find an English source for it, so please bear with my story based on this
source in Russian.
Basically, a person in the city of Nizhny Novgorod became a leader of a cult, of sorts, and implored his followers to make an attempt on the life of
the Russian Patriarch, by "power of thought". Prosecution says that the group would gather for mediation and concentrate their negative thoughts on
the head of Russian Orthodox Church.
Their leader was arrested for posting hateful messages on a Russian social network, which were classified as "extremist speech". The messages called
for the paranormal "power of thought" attack on the clergyman. The case is interesting because it so bizarrely demonstrates the arbitrary
application of Russian anti-extremist law, and how a ridiculous behavior of a mentally disturbed person can be actually used in a court of law there.