One of the former hermits rescued
by helicopter from a remote Taiga site has met with her mother. The two have returned to the family's home in Samarskasya. Five other residents of the Taiga community were also airlifted out.
From the article:
The pilgrims’ spiritual leader is archimandrite Konstantin (Alexander Vorobyev in ordinary life). The members of the group denied that they were part of a cult and described themselves as Orthodox Christians, RIA Novosti reported.