1 Nov 2017 21:38

Bulgaria extradites Kaula-Dharma leader accused of sexual violence, torture - Russian Interior Ministry

MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) - The leader of the Kaula-Dharma movement, who faces sex offense charges, has been extradited from Bulgaria to Russia, Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told Interfax on Thursday.

"Officers from the Russian Interpol Bureau, jointly with the Federal Penitentiary Service, had the Kaula-Dharma leader extradited from Bulgaria to Russia," Volk said.

The 41-year-old man was placed on the international wanted list in April of this year and found and arrested in Bulgaria the following month, she said.

"He is being accused of torture and violence of a sexual nature," Volk said.

Kaula-Dharma brought together fans of yoga and oriental practices, mainly women. On the Internet, the movement positioned itself as a modeling agency.

It was reported that in July 2016, its members kidnapped a child from an apartment in northern Moscow where he was living with his grandparents. The boy was found in Belarus. In June of this year, the child was returned to Moscow and is now living with his parents.