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Russian Sect Members Exit Doomsday Bunker.

Fourteen members of a Russian doomsday cult have emerged from an underground bunker where they had been holed up since November.

At least a dozen more remain there, waiting for the end of the world, which they predict will come in April or May.

Of the 14 to have resurfaced, two are children. All are said to be reasonably healthy.

Negotiators have been trying to persuade the others to follow.

One official said:

"For us right now, what's most important is the children: Lena Labishevich is one year and seven months old, and other children who've been sitting in the hideout for the last five months."

Members started to leave at the weekend after meltwater caused one of the underground chambers to collapse.

The sect is a splinter group of the Russian Orthodox Church. The leader, Pyotr Kuznetsov, did not join his followers in the bunker, telling them God had given him other tasks. He was arrested but deemed mentally unfit to stand trial.

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Added: Apr-1-2008 
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