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Russian shaman who pledged to save world from Satanist paedophiles arrested

A Russian shaman has been arrested after pledging to “save humanity from Satanist paedophiles”.

Nikolay Dylykov, who also goes by the name of Dylyk Khan, was taken into custody as a vulnerable person who could potentially pose a risk to others and was already on a police watchlist in his native Chita region.

Officers in Yekaterinburg, where he was arrested, also found a note from a psychiatric hospital when they detained him.

During the past year, the self-proclaimed spiritual leader had filmed himself walking across the vast expanse of eastern Russia with the aim of reaching Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, Russia Today reports.

He reportedly introduced himself to the police as Alexander Gabyshev, a different self-declared shaman.

Gabyshev however had been arrested in 2019 after declaring his intention to march from Yakutia – in the eastern edges of Siberia – all the way to Moscow, in order to exorcise Vladimir Putin’s soul, whom he described as a demon.

A law enforcement source told Moscow’s Kommersant that the police weren’t looking for Gabyshev, before information later emerged that the man they had arrested was in fact Dylykov.

After an international media storm, a court in the Siberian city of Yakutsk placed Gabyshev into a secure facility in July after he reportedly threatened to stab a public safety official with a homemade sword.

He is now serving his sentence for an indefinite period, which will be determined by doctors.

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In an original plan disclosed to investigators, he claimed he would walk the 4,600-mile distance from his native Yakutia to Moscow’s Red Square, where he would light a ritual bonfire of fermented dairy products and horsehair.

He would then utter a shamanic prayer, before Putin would calmly resign.

Shamanism, a belief that it is possible to communicate with and harness the energy of what practitioners perceive to be the spirit world, is practised in certain parts of Russia and other parts of the world.

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