Moscow, April 23 (IANS) A man in Russia, proclaiming to be "God", set himself ablaze and landed in hospital in a critical condition with 70 percent burns, RIA Novosti reported.
A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses sect, the set himself on fire Monday in the Moscow region, police said.
The incident occurred in the village of Nakhabino, 33 km outside Moscow after the man bought fuel, poured it onto himself and set himself ablaze.
"According to the son of the injured man, his 43-year-old father had been a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and considered himself to be God," the police said.
Investigators are probing the cause of the man's suicide attempt.
The Jehovah's Witnesses, with some seven million followers worldwide and over 200,000 in Russia, have been banned in a number of Russian regions and in some former Soviet republics.
The sect is banned in China, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, among other countries.
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Cynthia JonesApril 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The Jehovah's Witnesses religion itself is not banned.There is no outreach proselytizing.If someone wanted to become a Witness, he or she'd have to seek them out, not the other way around.All over the former Soviet Union, Jehovah's Witnesses are looked upon as Scientologists are here - a dirty and money laundering cult which infests and destroys families.