Rus­sians be­ing buried alive to ‘cure their fear of death’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Weird News/sport -

THERE is a school of thought which says in or­der to over­come a pho­bia, it’s best to face your fears.

But a du­bi­ous new ther­apy which has emerged in Rus­sia takes this doc­trine to the ex­treme — by BURY­ING peo­ple alive to cure their fear of death.

Mor­tals in Moscow have re­port­edly been queue­ing up to try the quack treat­ment, which sees par­tic­i­pants dig their own grave and lie in a cof­fin un­der­ground for an un­spec­i­fied pe­riod of time.

And they are “cof­fin” up 3 000 rubles a time for the “plea­sure”, which, at roughly £35, is a small for­tune for many in Rus­sia.

Sergey Volkov, who de­vised the har­row­ing holis­tic ses­sions, told Rus­sian me­dia ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sensation of be­ing six feet un­der also helped peo­ple over­come claus­trophio­bia.

But oth­ers have raised con­cerns about the strange new fad, and even made a com­plaint to po­lice.

One woman who con­sid­ered us­ing the ser­vice said she was shocked to dis­cover Volkov is not a doc­tor or a li­censed pro­fes­sional, and that his meth­ods were purely ama­teur.

She also com­plained about the fact pho­tos of the pro­ce­dure were made pub­lic, breach­ing pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity.

Nei­ther were there any med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als at hand in case some­thing went wrong dur­ing the fu­ne­real ther­apy.

While Volkov is pre­sum­ably en­joy­ing his new found wealth, hope­fully he re­alises he can’t take it with him. — Ya­hoo.

A video of the pro­ce­dure from the point of view of the ‘client’. — The Mir­ror

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