Russian Orthodox priests have thrown gallons of holy water over a city in a bid to save its citizens from substance abuse and sex. The clergymen boarded a small plane before attempting to cure people in the central Russian city of Tver who were suffering from alcoholism and drug dependency.
Once the aircraft reached an altitude of 800 feet, the clergymen began their blessings with 70 litres of holy water.
A prayer service was held before the door was opened and it was poured on to people below from a large chalice.
Also onboard were a married couple who claimed that the husband was miraculously healed from his alcohol dependency on the day.
One of the priests on board, Father Alexander, said the ritual would prevent the use of “alcohol and drugs”, and “stop fornication”.
The average person in Russia reduced their alcohol intake from 15.8 litres per year in 2005 to 11.7 litres in 2016, according to the latest figures available from the organisation.
The holy water stunt follows claims in July from a Catholic bishop, who planned to spray a Colombian city from a military helicopter in a mass exorcism of demons.