Voices from Russia

Monday, 4 November 2013

4 November 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Even Magic Didn’t Help

00 Sergei Yolkin. Even Magic Didn’t Help. 2013

Even Magic Didn’t Help

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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In Moscow, police uncovered a group of supposed psychics that scammed over 200 million roubles (6.17 million USD. million 6.43 CAD. 6.45 million AUD. 4.58 million Euros. 3.88 million UK Pounds) from the gullible for “magic rituals”. Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at all that…

23 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131023/972127094.html

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

24 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Police Break Up Moscow Psychic Ring that Scammed Over 200 Million Roubles

00 Great Cornholio. 24.10.13

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On Wednesday, an MVD spokesman said that Moscow cops rounded up a gang of would-be psychics that scammed around 200 million roubles (6.31 million USD. 6.58 million CAD. 6.56 AUD. 4.58 million Euros. 3.9 million UK Pounds) by offering to solve people’s personal problems through magic. Police arrested 11 people in a series of 15 raids, during which they secured computers, documents, and client lists. The statement said that the purported psychics took money from over 400 people all across Russia and other former Soviet countries. Police said that the suspects, who face fraud charges, told clients that they’d solve family and personal problems remotely through a series of magical séances. The SKP is undertaking further investigations to ascertain if more people were involved in the ring. In Russia, fraud carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Superstition, fortunetelling, and divination play a prominent role in Russian folk tradition. Many Russians retain a deep fascination with the paranormal, an interest successfully exploited by the popular Russian television series Battle of the Psychics, which is now in its 14th season.

23 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/crime/20131023/184309851/Police-Break-Up-Moscow-Psychic-Ring-that-Earned-63-Mln.html

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