There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones.
Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south.
For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Russia, a nation with a penchant for mystical thinking, has taken notice.
Last week, Russia’s government decided to put an end to the doomsday talk. Its minister of emergency situations said Friday that he had access to “methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet Earth,” and that he could say with confidence that the world was not going to end in December.
Religious and scientific leaders are speaking out assuring people that there is no validity to such rumors.
The article notes a case of what appears to be mass psychogenic illness at a woman’s prison. And cases of panic buying and hoarding to prepare for the date.
Last week, lawmakers in Moscow contacted Russia’s three main television stations asking them to stop airing stories about the Doomsdate. Also noted is how unscrupulous are trying to make extra money by promoting it.
We don’t see the panic occurring or being promoted yet in the U.S. or other parts of Europe.
Tip: David Wood