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article image'Miracle' in Russia: Putin's icon seeping myrrh

By Alessio Fratticcioli     Jan 26, 2012 in World
Moscow - "Miracle" in the village of Bol'šaja El'nja, Nižnyj Novgorod, Russia: icon of current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said to shine and cry myrrh.
A few days ago Mother Fotinya (real name: Svetlana Frolova), the leader of a 'Putinist' Christian sect officially called Chapel of Russia's Resurrection, announced on her web page that a Putin’s icon had begun to мироточить (literally: to seep myrrh), meaning a religious phenomenon where the faithful believes to see myrrh appearing like tears in the eyes of an icon.
Mother Fotinya's all-female sect worships Putin as the reincarnation of Grand Prince Knyaz Vladimir and of apostle Paul.
Mother Fotinya, who was "reborn" after serving a 21-month sentence, says God spoke to her and revealed her some of Putin's past lives.
"Every one of us has many incarnations. Saint Paul was indeed one of Putin's," she told Reuters.
Mother Fotinya claims historico-religious parallels between Paul, who was one of the most influential early Christian missionaries, Knyaz Vladimir, who first evangelized pagan Russia, and Mr Putin, who allegedly re-evangelized Russia after decades of Soviet atheism.
"Yeltsin was the destroyer, and God replaced him with his creation [Putin]," claimed the woman.
Religion was tightly controlled in the Soviet Union and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. saw a spring in new and old sects, cults, philosophies and beliefs.
One of the oddest sects in contemporary Russia has its base in a remote Siberian town, where thousands of people worship a former provincial traffic policeman, Sergei Torop, as the second coming of Christ.
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