Friday, 19 August 2016
Man arrested for 'impersonating Jesus'
A man has been arrested for impersonating Jesus Christ after he was spotted walking along a road carrying a huge wooden cross. Artist and filmmaker Ilya Novikov, 23, was behind the stunt in the city of Perm in central Russia's Perm Krai region. SEE PICTURE AFTER CUT
Mr Novikov said: "My friend gave me some wooden sticks so I made a cross out of them. The experience of Jesus Christ was repeated. People were laughing, shouting and mocking me.
"This reaction proves that the Bible story was true and that after 2,000 years people have still not changed - we are still cruel and intolerant to our neighbours."
But Father Igor Anoufriev, the rector of the city's Church of St George, condemned the stunt as blasphemy.