The temple of the Church of The Last Testament in the Vissarionite village of Petropavlovka. The new religion called “The United Faith” combines elements of the Russian Orthodox Church with Buddhism, apocalypticism, collectivism, and ecological values. The aim of the group is to unite all other religions on Earth.

Vissarion

Deep in the vast Siberia lies the Church of the Last Testament, the largest and remotest religious community in Russia. Its leader Sergey Torop, a former traffic cop, claims to be a Reincarnation of Jesus Christ. He commands a following of 5 thousand believers in around 30 villages and rules over a large territory of the Siberian Mountains which he proclaimed the Promised Land. Many people sold their apartments in Moscow and Saint Petersburg donating large sums of money to his Church to start a new life in the forests of taiga. Life in the Community of the United Faith is very basic, people live on an entirely vegan diet, based on what they can grow themselves. Smoking, drinking, alcohol and money are banned. The houses and churches are built from wood by hand and most of the energy comes from windmills and solar panels. Instead of Christmas, the followers celebrate Vissarion's birthday in January and the Time in the community is measured by Vissarion’s life, so as he is now 49 years old they are living in year 50. Vissarion has preached all over the world and his disciples include many people from different European countries.