Thursday, April 03, 2008

Doomsday cult members emerge from cave

MOSCOW -- Fourteen more members of a Russian cult holed up underground for months awaiting the end of the world emerged Tuesday after melting snows caused more of their hillside cave to collapse, officials said.

The group — including two children ages 8 and 14 — were in satisfactory condition, Penza regional emergency spokesman Dmitry Yeskin told The Associated Press. They were moved to a nearby house where the group's leader, self-declared prophet Pyotr Kuznetsov, has been living.

Yeskin said negotiators were trying to persuade the remaining 14 to come out of the underground hillside shelter built late last year in the Penza region, about 400 miles southeast of Moscow.

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