Save me from Orthodox militants says Russian healing guru
Hypnotist and healer Anatoly Kashpirovski, whose television shows once attracted mass audiences, called on Russia's president Wednesday to protect him from Russian Orthodox militants.
In a video posted on the Internet, the healer warned of the growing infiltration of the Russian Orthodox church in society and denounced what he described as "virulent attacks" against him by members of the church.
His appeal to President Dmitry Medvedev came as Orthodox priests in a number of cities objected to Kashpirovski's faith healing at public meetings, which still draw crowds.
"The growing influence of the Church in our society will bring nothing good," he warned.
The 71-year-old mystic is one of the most best-known of the magicians, astrologers and hypnotists who shot to fame in the ideological and economic chaos that followed the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
On Tuesday, Russia's lower parliamentary chamber debated plans to limit advertising for "occult services" that might harm Russian citizens.
Russia's more popular newspapers are full of advertisements for just such services.
© 2010 AFP