The sect members – including 20 children, the youngest of whom was 18 months old – are thought to have been underground for nearly a decade.
Many of the children were born underground and had never seen daylight until the prosecutors discovered them on 1 August. After health checks, a 17-year-old girl turned out to be pregnant.
The group, known as the Fayzarahmanist sect, was named after its 83-year-old organiser Fayzrahman Satarov, who declared himself a prophet and his house an independent Islamic state, according to a report by state TV channel Vesti.
Curious how this shapes up. And most curious how, after 10 years, it was discovered.