American woman’s escape remote religious sect in Siberia after 15 years ‘held against her will

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After 15 years held in the Siberian wilderness, Yelizaveta, American woman narrated how she was held against her will by an obscure religious sect.

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Yelizaveta, said she was sent from Oregon on the west coast of the US to ‘visit’ cousins in Russia when she was 15-years-old but never returned.

But once there, a male relative took her on an epic journey from Moscow to a remote woman’s monastry.

First, she was taken on a flight to Krasnoyarsk, a city in central Russia, and then via helicopter to a small village called Sandakches.

Yelizaveta said from there she travelled for two days down a river via a boat, and then walked another 25 miles to where the religious community lived in complete isolation from the modern world.

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According to report, the Old Believers are branch of Christians that split from the Russian Orthodox church in the 17th Century.

Men do not shave their beards, believing it is a serious sin.

“They didn’t tell me it was a one-way ticket,” Yelizaveta said.

“They lied to me and sent me there. We got to the monastery and I lived there for 15 years.”

Yelizaveta said she wasn’t physically abused but had to live a very strict life, spending her time collecting firewood or ploughing fields by hand.

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