traditional spiritual leader has been detained by authorities after
blogging his colossal journey across Siberia on foot as part of a
self-declared mission to save the world.
officials in the Urals city of Ekaterinburg confirmed to local media
that Nikolay Dylykov, who goes by the name Dylyk Khan, had been taken
into custody as a potential risk to himself and others.
past year, the self-declared spiritual leader had filmed himself on a
marathon walk across the vast expanse of eastern Russia, pledging to
reach the city, Russia’s fourth largest. Local media reports that he had
announced he was on a mission “to save humanity from satanist pedophiles.”
is said to have introduced himself to police as Alexander Gabyshev,
a different self-declared shaman who was detained in 2019 after
declaring an intention to march thousands of kilometres to Moscow, from
remote Yakutia, supposedly to exorcise the soul of Russian President
“The police weren’t looking for Gabyshev,” a law
enforcement source told Moscow’s Kommersant. It later emerged that the
detainee was actually Dylykov, who is reportedly registered with the
Ministry of Internal Affairs as a vulnerable person who potentially
poses a threat to others.
After an international media storm, a
court in the East Siberian city of Yakutsk placed Gabyshev into a secure
facility in July after he reportedly threatened to stab a public safety
official with a homemade sword. He is now serving his time in the
specialist institution for an indefinite period.
In an original
plan disclosed to investigators, he claimed he would walk the 7,500
kilometer distance from his native Yakutia to Moscow’s iconic Red
Square, where he would light a ritual bonfire of fermented dairy
products and horsehair. After uttering a shamanic prayer, Putin would
calmly resign, Gabyshev said at the time.