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Beware Russian Wiccans, your government is setting out to get rid of fakirs, witches, and healers.

Russian papers are full of advertisements by fortune tellers and purveyors of potions, lotions, curses and charms, often aimed at helping someone catch a mate or take revenge when a relationship has gone wrong.

Typically, the Tvoi Den newspaper ran an advert on Friday by self-styled magician Tatyana Fyodorova offering “powerful charms” to help clients earn money, get a husband back and cure alcoholism.

Gazeta estimated the market was worth 30-40 million dollars (19-25 million euros) a year, with the advertising market worth five million dollars in the first half of 2007.

Quoting health ministry statistics, the paper said about 100,000 people worked as healers in Russia, almost all of them unregistered.


Written by smalltalkwitht

April 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm

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