Moscow Times: Russia Bans Church of Scientology With ‘Undesirable’ Tag. (ETA: Russia has formally moved to ban only WISE and CST.)

ISNOINews

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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

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

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



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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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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.


Новости - Генеральная прокуратура Российской Федерации


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Sebptember 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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Karakorum

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Contrary to the Moscow Times story, it looks like only WISE and CST were formally banned.
We need to wait and see. Russia is all about the 'practice' and not at all about the 'letter of the law'.

I don't really expect them to issue a formal blanket ban on dianetics institutes (which is predominately how scn markets itself in Russia), but they are putting a lot of heat on the members and orgs and de facto preventing them from operating.

Its not making it any easier for current members to leave btw. Nobody wants to leave now, giving the impression that they were "scared out".
 
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ISNOINews

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A more accurate story in English:

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

16:38 24/09/2021


Two foreign Scientology-related NGOs declared undesirable in Russia


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

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Russian Prosecutors Declare Scientologists' Activities Undesirable in Country



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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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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


Moscow recognizes two US Scientology organizations as undesirable in Russia


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

September 24, 2021
9:30 AM MST
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Russia moves to ban 'undesirable' Church of Scientology groups


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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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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


Scientology’s WISE and CST withdrew 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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TASS: Scientologists install software to get access to personal data in Russian firms — source

September 24, 21:58


Scientologists install software to get access to personal data in Russian firms — source


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

September 24, 2021 23:29 GMT


Russia Declares Church of Scientology 'Undesirable'


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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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Type4_PTS

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If I worked within the Russian government I would arrange to have all the books that expose the truth about Scientology as well as all the documentaries and TV shows all translated into Russian or provided with Russian subtitles.And then arrange for distribution of the books and broadcasting of Leah's TV show, the HBO Going Clear documentary, etc throughout the country.

Attempts to ban Scientology at this point will just tend to drive it underground. It will be almost impossible to stop cult members from practicing Scientology when they believe their eternity depends upon them continuing to go up the "Bridge" and salvaging this sector of the universe. But getting the truth out there about Hubbard, Miscavige, and the CoS, will inoculate the population and keep the virus from spreading. :coolwink:
 

onceuponatime

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I don't think Russia will look kindly on it if they just change names and keep doing what they're doing, but that's probably what they'll try.
 

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Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

List of foreign and international non-governmental organizations whose activities are recognized as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation




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Stetson University: Russia blackballs Scientologists


PDS RUSSIA RELIGION NEWS October 2021


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Russia blackballs Scientologists

TWO SCIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS ADDED TO REGISTER OF UNDESIRABLE ORGANIZATIONS IN R.F.

Interfax-Religiia, 1 October 2021

The Russian Ministry of Justice entered into the register of undesirables the American Scientology organizations "L. Ron Hubbard Library" and "WISE [World Institute of Scientology Enterprises]," whose activity had earlier been recognized by the office of the prosecutor general as threatening the security of the Russian Federation.

The list of foreign organizations that are undesirable in the R.F. was updated on the website of the Ministry of Justice on Friday.

On 24 September, Interfax was told in the office of the Russian prosecutor general about the decision to recognize as undesirable on the territory of the R.F. the activity of the nongovernmental organizations from the U.S.A. World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology, which also uses the name "L. Ron Hubbard Library."

According to information of the agency, the activity of both religious corporations presents a threat to the security of the R.F. (tr. by PDS, posted 1 October 2021)

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