Russia

Russian Underground (Literally) Muslim Sect Charged with Child Abuse

83-year-old leader had declared himself a prophet, kept children in subterranean network.

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A self-proclaimed prophet had a vision from God: He would build an Islamic caliphate under the earth.

The digging began about a decade ago and 70 followers soon moved into an eight-level subterranean honeycomb of cramped cells with no light, heat or ventilation.

Children were born. They, too, lived in the cold underground cells for many years — until authorities raided the compound last week and freed the 27 sons and daughters of the sect.