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Moscow Times: Russia Bans Church of Scientology With ‘Undesirable’ Tag

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by COS and NOI News, Sep 24, 2021.

  1. ETA: The Moscow Times story is not entirely accurate. As noted in the news stories posted below, Russia has formally moved to ban only WISE and CST.

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    Moscow Times: Russia Bans Church of Scientology With ‘Undesirable’ Tag

    8 minutes ago


    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021...ch-of-scientology-with-undesirable-tag-a75142


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    Russia has designated the Church of Scientology an “undesirable organization” Friday, effectively banning it within the country and putting its members at risk of jail time.

    Russia has previously attempted to prohibit the Church of Scientology, a religion that is recognized in some countries but considered by others to be a cult, since it arrived in the country. Tens of thousands of people across Russia are estimated to be members.

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    The word "designated" links to:

    https://epp.genproc.gov.ru/web/gprf/mass-media/news?item=65456609


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  2. Contrary to the Moscow Times story, it looks like only WISE and CST were formally banned.

    From the General Prosecutor's Office of the
    Russian Federation.


    https://epp.genproc.gov.ru/web/gprf/mass-media/news?item=65456609


    Google translation follows:

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    September 24, 2021 3:51 pm

    General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation

    A decision was made to recognize the activities of two foreign non-governmental organizations as undesirable in the territory of the Russian Federation

    Based on the results of the study of the received materials, on September 24, 2021, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation made a decision to recognize the activities of the following foreign non-governmental organizations as undesirable in the territory of the Russian Federation:

    WORLD INSTITUTE OF SCIENTOLOGY ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International, WISE Int., "World Institute of Scientology Enterprises") (USA);

    CHURCH OF SPIRITUAL TECHNOLOGY (Church of Spiritual Technology, CST, “Church of Spiritual Technology”, also known as “L. Ron Hubbard Library”) (USA).

    It has been established that the activities of these religious corporations pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.

    Information about the adopted decision was sent to the Ministry of Justice of Russia to include information in the list of foreign and international non-governmental organizations, whose activities are recognized as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation, and to make them public.

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  3. A more accurate story in English:

    RAPSI: Two foreign Scientology-related NGOs declared undesirable in Russia

    16:38 24/09/2021


    http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20210924/307409819.html


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    MOSCOW, September 24 (RAPSI) – Two foreign scientology-related organizations have been declared undesirable in Russia, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office has told RAPSI.

    These NGOs are World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International (WISE Int.) and Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) registered in the U.S.

    The American organizations pose a threat to Russia’s safety, prosecutors believe.

    Information on the decision taken has been forwarded to the Russian Justice Ministry in order to include the NGOs in the list of foreign and international organization labeled as undesirable in the Russian Federation, the statement reads.

    Dianetics and Scientology are a set of religious and philosophical ideas and practices that were put forth by L. Ron Hubbard in the US in the early 1950s.

    The scientific community never recognized it as science.

    A resolution passed in 1996 by the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, classified the Church of Scientology as a destructive religious organization.

    The Moscow Regional Court ruled in 2012 that some of Hubbard’s books be included on the Federal List of Extremist Literature and prohibited from distribution in Russia.

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  4. Sputnik News: Russian Prosecutors Declare Scientologists' Activities Undesirable in Country

    2 hours ago


    https://sputniknews.com/20210924/ru...vities-undesirable-in-country-1089371119.html


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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office labeled the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises and the Ron Hubbard Library as undesirable organisations.

    "After studying the obtained materials, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office made ... a decision to declare activities of the following foreign non-governmental organisations undesirable in Russia: World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International, WISE Int. (the United States); and Church of Spiritual Technology, CST, also known as L. Ron Hubbard Library (the US)," the office said in a statement.

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  5. TASS: Moscow recognizes two US Scientology organizations as undesirable in Russia

    September 24, 17:19

    As the Prosecutor General's Office specified, the activities of these religious corporations threaten Russia’s security


    https://tass.com/society/1342057


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    MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has recognized two American Scientology - World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and "L. Ron Hubbard Library" - undesirable on Russian territory, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office told TASS on Friday.

    "According to the results of the study collected on September 24, 2021, the Prosecutor General's Office took a decision to recognize undesirable on the Russian territory following non-government organizations: World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International (WISE Int.), and Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), also known as "L. Ron Hubbard Library", the press service said.

    As the Prosecutor General's Office specified, the activities of these religious corporations threaten Russia’s security. The information of the decision taken was sent to the Ministry of Justice to include in the list of foreign and international non-governmental organizations whose activities are recognized as undesirable on Russian soil.

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  6. Reuters: Russia moves to ban 'undesirable' Church of Scientology groups

    September 24, 2021
    9:30 AM MST
    Last Updated 13 minutes ago


    https://www.reuters.com/world/europ...sirable-church-scientology-groups-2021-09-24/


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    MOSCOW, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Russia declared two organisations linked to the Church of Scientology "undesirable" on Friday, paving the way for the group to be formally banned.

    The Prosecutor General's Office said the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology, which are both based in California, were "a threat to the security of the Russian Federation".

    Russia has banned more than a dozen foreign groups under legislation against undesirable organisations, adopted in 2015. Under the law, groups are typically first labelled undesirable and then formally banned by the Justice Ministry.

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  7. Scientology’s WISE and CST withdrew over $13.7 million from Russia in 8 years

    TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 24, 2021 at 8:21 PM


    https://world-news-monitor.com/mone...ithdrew-over-13-7-mln-from-russia-in-8-years/


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    MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Two Scientology organizations, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International (WISE Int.) and the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), also known as "L. Ron Hubbard Library," withdrew more than 1 bln rubles ($13.7 mln) from Russia over eight years, sources with law enforcement and regulatory agencies told TASS on Friday.

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  8. TASS: Scientologists install software to get access to personal data in Russian firms — source

    September 24, 21:58


    https://tass.com/society/1342167


    According to the source, when this software was installed in companies executing state defense orders, US corporations got access to information on the interaction of commercial Scientologists with a state customer


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    MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Two Scientology organizations, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International (WISE Int.) and the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), also known as "L. Ron Hubbard Library," install software providing access to personal data and other data they need in the offices of commercial companies they control in Russia, a source with law enforcement and regulatory agencies told TASS on Friday.

    "Consulting companies WISE Int. are introducing special software in commercial organizations that provides them with access to the personal data of citizens. When this software is installed in companies executing state defense orders, US corporations get access to information on the interaction of commercial Scientologists with a state customer," the source said.

    According to the source, WISE Int. comprises such commercial companies as OOO Izhevsk Computer Center Intercom, OOO Clinic of Family Medicine Plus, OOO Children's Clinic Marusya (Kaluga), OOO Performia RB (Ufa), OOO Medical Center Glarus (Murmansk). Earlier these entities were held accountable for violations of the requirements for the protection of information and personal data.

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  9. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Russia Declares Church of Scientology 'Undesirable'

    September 24, 2021 23:29 GMT


    https://www.rferl.org/amp/russia-scientology-undesirable-/31477089.html


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    Russia has declared two organizations linked to the U.S.-based Church of Scientology "undesirable,” in a move that is likely to lead to the group being banned.

    The Prosecutor-General's Office said on September 24 that the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology are religious corporations that "pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation."

    The issue will now be taken up by the Ministry of Justice, which could ban the group under laws governing "undesirable" foreign nongovernmental organizations.

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