07/15/2010 12:55 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Russian Exorcism Tragedy: Dmitry Kazachuk, 4-Year-Old-Boy, Dies During Ritual (VIDEO)

Shamen trying to perform an exorcism in eastern Russia allegedly suffocated the four-year-old boy they were trying to save.

Dmitry Kazachuk, who apparently had pneumonia, was left alone with the ritual healers by his parents. Before leaving, Dmitry's mom observed the woman performing the ritual insisting her son's name was "Lucifer the demon."

Reuters reports:

Traditional shaman healers, who have practiced in some areas of Siberia and the far east for thousands of years, have experienced a revival since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union ended repression by the Communist authorities.