The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has recognized undesirable Scientology organizations from the United States – the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises and the Church of Spiritual Technology (“L. Ron Hubbard Library”).
“It has been established that the activities of these religious corporations pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation,” – it says in the message of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The Ministry of Justice now includes these organizations in the register of foreign and international non-governmental organizations.
Now this list contains 46 organizations. The latest lists were supplemented by four religious organizations from Latvia and Ukraine, linked by the same name “New Generation”. The Prosecutor General’s Office declared them undesirable on 23 August.
On August 13, the Prosecutor General’s Office recognized the activities of the Belgian International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), which calls the protection of human rights as its goal, undesirable. On July 15, the prosecutor’s office included journalists – the investigative publication “Project” – in the undesirable Russian prosecutors.
Who are Scientologists
Scientology is a religious movement created in the mid-20th century by the American science fiction writer Ronald L. Hubbard. In some countries the activity of Scientologists is prohibited, the organization “Church of Scientology” is recognized as a totalitarian sect.
Among the followers of the Scientology movement are Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The leader of the organization after the death of Hubbard was David Miscavige.
The Church of Scientology estimates its membership at several million. At the same time, independent research point out the fact that the number of Scientology followers is several tens of thousands of people. In particular, in England and Wales, according to the 2011 census, there were 2,418 Scientologists.
In Russia, back in 1996, the Church of Scientology was classified as a destructive religious organization, and in 2010, courts in different regions recognized a number of books and brochures by Ron Hubbard as extremist.
In 2007, by decision, the Scientology Center in St. Petersburg was liquidated, and in 2015 – the Church of Scientology Moscow, a group as a religious organization in 1994.