Russian Refuses to Pay Fine Over Doomsday Fears

A man from western Siberia has refused to pay his traffic fine because the world will end in December 2012, according to the Mayan prophecy, which he believed would make any payments senseless, the Kemerovo city website reported on Friday.

The man, who was fined 1,000 rubles ($32) after a minor car accident this summer, has shown local collectors an entire range of schemes and charts trying to prove that Doomsday was coming soon.

“However, the debtor believes that if people are kinder to each other and forgive each other’s debts [including unpaid fines], the world will not end,” the website quoted the local collection service as saying.

Some theories predict an apocalypse for December 21, 2012, when the ancient Mayan calendar ends. However, many scientists consider the end of the calendar a transition from one World Age into another.


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