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FarShores.org ParaDimension News: Theft Victims Blame Hypnotizing Gypsies: "Hypnosis hype
Czarina Alexandra fell famously under the influence of the allegedly hypnotic powers of the 'mad monk,' Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, in the early 20th century. The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev had a personal psychic healer. Former President Boris Yeltsin's staff included a security consultant hired to protect the former chief executive from 'external psychophysical influence' after a mysterious antenna was found in his private office.
In 2001, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill making it illegal to employ 'electromagnetic, infrasound ... radiators' and other weapons of 'psychotronic influence' with intent to cause harm.
For years, famous Russian chess masters have suggested that their games were impaired by hypnotists planted in the audience. Garry Kasparov has long credited Azerbaijani psychic Tofik Dadashev with helping him win the world chess championship in 1985 against fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov (who had his own psychologist trained in hypnotic techniques on hand).
The attraction to mysticism has intensified in recent years, Russian sociologists say, because of the tough economic climate and pent-up interest released with the collapse of the Soviet Union and its long-standing prohibitions against dabbling in the occult practices."