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Russia: Father accused of killing son during 'exorcism'

Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg
December 02, 2019 at 18:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Yekaterinburg court detained a man accused of killing his nine-year old son during an exorcism.

During Monday's hearing, the man was remanded without bail until January 26, 2020.

Leninsky district court also issued preventative measures for Zemfira Gaynullina, the head of 'The followers of Christ' religious sect, who reportedly tried to resurrect the child.

The father of the child was detained in the city of Ufa, capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, while the boy's mother, a native of Belarus, fled to her homeland.

According to media reports, the parents belonged to a religious sect and killed their child during an exorcism ritual, after beating him with whips and putting a gag in his mouth. Investigators deny this and believe that the crime was committed out of "personal animosity".

On November 27, investigators found the body of the boy buried and wrapped in a sheet in the city's 'Southwest' park. According to the Investigative Committee, the cause of death of the nine-year-old child was mechanical asphyxia from the closure of the respiratory tract.

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A Yekaterinburg court detained a man accused of killing his nine-year old son during an exorcism.

During Monday's hearing, the man was remanded without bail until January 26, 2020.

Leninsky district court also issued preventative measures for Zemfira Gaynullina, the head of 'The followers of Christ' religious sect, who reportedly tried to resurrect the child.

The father of the child was detained in the city of Ufa, capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, while the boy's mother, a native of Belarus, fled to her homeland.

According to media reports, the parents belonged to a religious sect and killed their child during an exorcism ritual, after beating him with whips and putting a gag in his mouth. Investigators deny this and believe that the crime was committed out of "personal animosity".

On November 27, investigators found the body of the boy buried and wrapped in a sheet in the city's 'Southwest' park. According to the Investigative Committee, the cause of death of the nine-year-old child was mechanical asphyxia from the closure of the respiratory tract.

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