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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2015, 02:27:54 PM »


                                            Police search Moscow Church of Scientology, January 29, 2015

Youtube video of the TV news item.

Published on Feb 15, 2015
Here, with English subtitles, is a January 30, 2015 Russian TV news report about the January 29 police raid on the Church of Scientology of Moscow. The report contains video of the raid released by Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FmInGckbo
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« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2015, 04:12:58 AM »

                                                            ECHR refuses to review Church of Scientology claim against Russia

MOSCOW, February 18 (RAPSI) - European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has refused to review an appeal filed by Russian Federation over the ECHR decision in favor of unregistered Church of Scientology over the refusal of St. Petersburg authorities to officially recognize it as a legal entity, says the court ruling made public on Wednesday.

According to the ruling, the application was filed by Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg, which was formed by a group of individuals gathered together for research of Scientology. The first group was formed in St. Petersburg in 1984, which in the late 80’s splintered into two organizations, one of which was headed by Galina Shurinova (one of the six applicants).

The present application concerned the refusal of St. Petersburg authorities to acknowledge it as a legal entity. The group applied for registration six times, from March 1995 to August 2003.

The first application was filed by Shurinova with other nine founders of the St. Petersburg Church of Mission of Scientology in March 1995. Upon receiving no answer over the course of two years, Shurinova demanded an explanation from the authorities. Russian Justice Ministry informed her, that the application was transferred to a State Duma committee, to be evaluated by an expert in religious and legal matters. Following lack of response, the application was shelved.

In February 2002, a new registration request was filed, which was rejected in March of the same year, citing discrepancies in required paperwork. Scientologists filed four more registration requests, which were all subsequently turned down under a number of reasons. In the last rejection in August of 2003, the St. Petersburg authorities stated that the documents proving that the group was active for the last 15 years (time period necessary to register a new religious organization), were fraudulent.

The Scientologist turned to a district court in St. Petersburg, which declared the rejections legal in October 2003, and was supported by an appeals court in 2006.

The applicants turned to ECHR in November 2006. Citing article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion), and article 11 Article ( the right to freedom of assembly and association), the applicants contested in their opinion unlawful rejections to register the Church of Scientology as a legal entity.

The Russian response confirmed that the rejections were in violation of freedom of religion, pointing out that the decision in the case was based on the Russian law and security reasons. Russia further pointed to similar cases reviewed by the ECHR concerning UK and Austria.

The ECHR upon reviewing the application, ruled in favor of Scientologists, awarding them 7,500 EUR as moral damages compensation.

Russia requested that case be referred to the Grand Chamber the Grand Chamber of ECHR. However, Grand Chamber refused to review an appeal. Therefore the Court ruling came into effect.

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20150218/273191703.html

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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2015, 08:51:57 AM »

                                            Parliament member requests inspection of Russian Scientology Church

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20150219/273200870.html
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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2015, 03:18:47 PM »

                                        Russian court takes Justice Ministry’s side against Church of Scientology

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20150702/274052185.html
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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2015, 04:20:56 AM »

                                                Russia: Police seize recording equipment in Moscow org (Aug. 17, 2015)


Police raided the Moscow Church of Scientology on August 17, 2015 and seized audio and video recording equipment that, investigators believe, serves to record conversations and auditing sessions to later blackmail Scientology's clients. Authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into "illegal trafficking of special technical equipment" based on article 138.1 of the Russian Criminal Code ("Violation of the Secrecy of Correspondence, Telephone Conversations, Postal, Telegraphic and Other Messages").

A short video of the police raid is available on a Russian "Life News" article:

http://lifenews.ru/news/159445

Sources (in Russian):

http://lifenews.ru/news/159445
http://tass.ru/proisshestviya/2191054
http://lenta.ru/news/2015/08/17/scientology/

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?40203-Russia-Police-seize-recording-equipment-in-Moscow-org-(Aug-17-2015)

Google translation of the first article:

The Church of Scientology secretly watched his parishioners in Moscow

Law enforcement officers raided the Church of Scientology on Taganskaya Street in Moscow. Employees of intelligence services received information that in the building of followers Ron Habbarta secretly using a variety of recording devices. It turned out that the Church of Scientology in the room mounted acoustic microphones and video cameras.


In particular, special technical devices found in the rooms, which were conducted personal interviews with people, so-called auditing. This process resembles Scientology confession of the Orthodox Church - the client comes to a counselor (auditor) and tells everyone that he is excited. According to Scientologists, they do not use in auditing suggestion, but research experts suggest that auditing contains a form of hypnosis.

As suggested by the investigators, the Church of Scientology in the recorded conversation with a visitor auditor to later blackmail clients.

- Investigating authorities GSM RF IC in Moscow opened a criminal case on grounds of crime under Art. 138.1 of the Criminal Code "Illegal circulation of special technical means." Currently, the complex of investigative actions and operational-search activities, aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the crime and the arrest of persons involved in it. The investigation of the criminal case continues, - commented LifeNews Senior Assistant Head SC GUS Russia in Moscow Yulia Ivanova.

It is worth noting that the searches carried out on Taganskaya Street investigators in conjunction with the control operatives to combat extremism Russian Interior Ministry.

Recall Scientology church in Russia has repeatedly come to the attention of law enforcement officials and representatives of the spiritual community.

Back in the 1990s, the security services have discovered that the followers of Ron Habbarta distributed questionnaires future members of their communities. A detailed study of the state security officers came to the conclusion that these surveys meet all the criteria of a professional intelligence activities.

People exhaustively transpired, not only of their marital status, religious beliefs, interests, level of wealth, but it set clear questions. In particular, if the person was military, the Scientologists established the number of the military unit, its deployment, as well as the location of objects and weapons storage sites.

- Showed signs of destructive totalitarian sect in their activities. Freedom of choice does not provide this sect. To leave the people they simply do not give. That is, people are held constant conversations, why they leave, they call, pressured come members of the sect. Man first persuaded and then it is put in the hard conditions dependent on the basis of the information that has been obtained from the person before - told LifeNews ex-employee of the department for combating organized crime FSB in Moscow and the Moscow region.
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« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2015, 03:05:04 AM »

                                          Moscow-based Church of Scientology allegedly spied on visitors - report

Published time: 18 Aug, 2015

https://www.rt.com/news/312721-scientology-church-moscow-spying/
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« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2015, 07:09:05 AM »

    Russia: Police raid Moscow org (Oct. 30, 2015)
From a Russian article posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 on the lifenews.ru website:

http://lifenews.ru/news/167115
(The article includes photos of some of the recording equipment seized by police.)

Police searches are underway today at the Church of Scientology on Taganskaya Street.

Earlier this year, searches were conducted at five other Scientology locations, where large amounts of hidden recording equipment were found, in addition to compounds for purification treatments:

1. The Narconon-Standard "Center for Education and Social Adaptation," located at 5 Kashira Drive. This building also houses the Criminon "Center for anti-crime education and social rehabilitation of offenders".

2. The Bitsa Mission "Center for the Dissemination of the Technologies of Dianetics and Scientology" in Kostomarovskaya Alley.

3. The "Applied Scholastics for the Commonwealth of Independent States" office located at Meshchanskaya Street, where Scientologists teach English and provide training based on L. Ron Hubbard technology. The clientele includes minors.

4. The "Management Center for the dissemination of Dianetics and Scientology," located in the Shchyolkovo district of the Moscow region.

5. The Narconon-South "drug education and rehabilitation center," located in the Podolsk district. According to law enforcement officials, the heads of the center are the adherents of the Church of Scientology.

Investigators stated that the audio and video recording equipment was found in the confessional rooms for parishioners.


http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?40676-Russia-Police-raid-Moscow-org-(Oct-30-2015)
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« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2015, 06:04:45 AM »

                                      Moscow Court Bans Church of Scientology

   
    November 23, 2015

    According to the Russian Justice Ministry, the church regulations contradict the federal law on the freedom of religion

    MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court on Monday ruled to shut down the local Church of Scientology at the Russian Justice Ministry’s demand.

    According to the ministry, the church regulations contradict the federal law on the freedom of religion.

    The Moscow Church of Scientology registered in the capital in 1994 has been ordered to set up a commission to handle its liquidation within six months.

    The organization’s lawyers said the Justice Ministry gave no serious reasons which "could influence the liquidation."

    "The organization violated no bans," lawyers said.

http://tass.ru/en/society/838554

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« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2015, 06:08:06 AM »

                                              Russia: Police raid Moscow org (Dec. 17, 2015)

    Investigators conducted searches at the Moscow Church of Scientology on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in connection with alleged spying on parishioners. Investigators believe that hidden audio and video recording equipment capture information which can be used to blackmail parishioners. Similar raids were carried out in October and in late January.

    Source (in Russian): http://riafan.ru/490465-moskovskie-sledovateli-nagryanuli-s-obyskami-k-sajentologam

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« Reply #39 on: January 01, 2016, 05:56:36 AM »

                                          Moscow Scientologist defrauded apartment buyers of millions of rubles

    Translation of a Russian article posted on December 29, 2015 on the NTV.ru news website:

    http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/1588584/

    Scientologist swindler defrauded shareholders of millions of rubles

    Reporter: Aleksey Nikolaev

    A follower of the Church of Scientology sold unsuspecting citizens non-existent housing units in the suburbs of Moscow. The swindler created a firm with the suggestive name "Vash Dom" ("Your Home") and announced the sale of real estate in several areas of the region. Over a hundred trusting people fell victim to the fraud.


    Sergei was looking for a cheaper apartment, and he found one — in a quiet Moscow suburb with a view of a forest and every convenience. For three million rubles, he was promised not just a brick box, but finishes, bathroom fixtures, and a parking space. Today, Sergei has neither his money nor any of these home comforts. Even the walls will soon disappear, because the construction has been declared illegal and will consequently be demolished.

    There are many such housing projects in the Odintsovo district. In these projects, non-existent apartments are not only being sold, but also resold. The defrauded shareholders learned whom they were dealing with only from the documents of the criminal case. It turns out that the developer is a follower of the so-called Church of Scientology.

    According to investigators, Alexander Tkachenko duped more than a hundred persons. Not a single kopek is left in his accounts. He apparently used the money for the development of the Scientology movement rather than for the cooperative.

    Scientology is based on the teachings of the American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. In some countries it has managed to officially achieve the status of a religion, for example in the USA, where the organization's headquarters are located. Experts on cults warn that it is an opium of the people, because once a person joins Scientology, it is almost impossible to break free.

    Scientology service completions: Alexander Tkachenko
http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/a/alexander-tkachenko.html

    Courtroom scenes from the NTV news video report:

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?41085-Moscow-Scientologist-defrauded-apartment-buyers-of-millions-of-rubles
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« Reply #40 on: January 17, 2016, 08:23:31 PM »

                                               Ban on Church of Scientology appealed in Russian Supreme Court

http://www.rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20160115/275207703.html
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2016, 06:51:48 AM »

                                   Magnitogorsk, Russia: Man seized with explosives and books on Scientology.

http://lifenews.ru/news/184615   (Russian)

Translation to English

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?41404-Russia-Man-seized-with-explosives-and-books-on-Scientology
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« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2016, 03:15:09 PM »

                                       Russia vs. Scientology: Kremlin Cracks Down on Controversial Church

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-vs-scientology-kremlin-cracks-down-on-controversial-church/563722.html
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« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2016, 06:00:48 PM »

                                      Russian citizen allegedly transferred stolen $2 mln to Church of Scientology - prosecutors

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    Ban on Church of Scientology appealed in Russian Supreme Court
    Russian court takes Justice Ministry’s side against Church of Scientology
    Parliament member requests inspection of Russian Scientology Church



SAINT-PETERSBURG, April 18 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – A court in St. Petersburg on Monday began hearing the criminal case against a local resident who is charged with stealing over 130 million rubles (about $2 mln) from real estate investors and who allegedly transferred the money to “the Church of Scientology Moscow”, RAPSI learned in the prosecutor’s office.

According to investigators, Ekaterina Zaborskikh was a chairman of several consumer committees and housing cooperatives. Allegedly she was responsible for deceiving people into paying her money under the guise of selling apartments, houses and land plots around St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region while she had no ability to provide such real estate. Allegedly she stole over 130 million rubles from her clients in 2012-2014.

Zaborskikh allegedly used the money on her own volition by, among other things, transferring it to the religious organization called “The Church of Scientology Moscow”. According to investigators, she gave away money to the organization both in cash and through cashless transfer.


http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20160418/275885583.html
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« Reply #44 on: April 26, 2016, 04:26:44 PM »

                                           Russia Arrests Scientologist for Stealing $2 Million and Giving to Church

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/25/russia-arrests-scientologist-for-stealing-2-million-and-giving-to-church.html
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