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Cult members abandon doomsday bunker

By: ELOISE WALTON

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FOURTEEN MEMBERS of a doomsday cult in Russia have abandoned their underground bunker where they had been hiding for around six months awaiting the end of the world, after part of their dugout collapsed.

The group, which included two girls, aged eight and 12, said they believed God had sent them a sign to come to the surface. Another 14 people were still underground but officials were hopeful they too would come out.

“They have refused medical attention and are now in a house, praying, where they say they will stay until Orthodox Easter, on April 27,” said Oleg Melnichenko, deputy governor of the region.

The cult members had refused to come out of the bunker before the apocalypse, which their leader, now undergoing psychiatric treatment, had predicted would happen in April or May this year.