Ugreit å være Scientologikirken i Russland


#1

Russland har ikke hatt det med å ta lett på Scientologikirken. Nå (30. okt 2015) har de innenriksministeriet stormet og gjennomsøkt organisasjons lokaler igjen, denne gangen i Moskva. I følge kilder i innenriksministeriet har de beslaglagt materiale i forbindelse med en rettssak der organisasjonen er tiltalt for å ha spionert på nåværende og tidligere medlemmer. Skjulte kameraer og mikrofoner ble beslaglagt under aksjonen.


#2

Bare trist at dette neppe får følger andre steder enn i Russland. Om enn der. Vil andre land kunne bruke disse “avsløringene” til noe?


#3

Jeg er ikke sikker på om dette kunne vil få følger internt i Russland. Russernes “kulturelle sfære” strekker seg godt ut over de nåværende russiske grensene.Vi vet fra før av at organisasjonen har slitt med lite vennlige statsapparater i for eks Ungarn og Kasakhstan. En fellende dom i russisk rett vil bli lest med interesserte øyne i deler av Østblokklandene, på samme måte som rettsaken i Belgia tydelig er inspirert av dommen i Frankrike.


#4

TV-reportasje (russisk, tekstet på engelsk) etter aksjonen mot lokalene i St. Petersburg (Leningrad) 29. januar 2015:


#5

Retten i Moskva fortsetter høring av den russiske justisministerens forespørsel om å tvangsoppløse Scientologikirken i Russland:

Oversettelse av Mnql1 på WWP:

Moscow court resumes hearings on Justice Ministry’s request to dissolve Church of Scientology of Moscow

The Moscow city court today resumes hearings on the Justice Ministry’s request to dissolve the “Church of Scientology of Moscow” religious organization.

In late October 2014, the Moscow city court adjourned its proceedings concerning the dissolution of the organization until the conclusion of a case which, at the time, the defendants had initiated in a district court.

On July 1, 2015, the Izmailovo district court in Moscow rejected a complaint filed by representatives of the “Church of Scientology of Moscow” regarding the Justice Ministry’s refusal to register the organization’s charter.

As reported earlier, in 2013 a Justice Ministry review concluded that the organization’s charter does not comply with the federal “Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations” and that the organization’s name does not validly identify the organization’s legal form and denomination.

The review also found that the word “Scientology” is registered as a trademark owned by the Religious Technology Center (USA). The use of this word as the name of a religious denomination contravenes article 28 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

This review of the activity of the “Church of Scientology of Moscow” led to an examination by state experts on religion and, as a result, the “Church of Scientology Moscow” was not recognized as a religious organization.

In mid-August 2015, authorities searched the Scientology premises on Taganskaya Street in Moscow and seized “spying” equipment — illegally installed audio-video monitoring devices consisting of microphones and cameras that belong to the category of special technical equipment designed for the covert collection of information.

The official representative of the Investigative Committee, Yulia Ivanova, stated that, based on the results of the searches by the investigating authorities, a criminal case was launched concerning the illegal trafficking of special technical equipment (article 138.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In 2007, the St. Petersburg city court sided with the prosecutor’s office and decided to dissolve the “Scientology Center,” which, among other things, was charged with illegally collecting information about people’s private life.

Scientology is a religious and philosophical movement that arose in the US in the middle of the last century. Its founder is considered to be the American science fiction writer Lafayette Ron Hubbard, who created a system of beliefs and practices compiled from various pseudo-scientific and religious ideas and catering to persons who strive for success.

Critics say that Hubbard called Scientology a religion and sought to have it recognized as such to gain tax exemptions.


#6

Russerne er on a roll. Ikke før har de raidet Scientologikirkens lokaler, før de forbyr en del av Narconons frontgrupper for å være ideelle organisasjoner bare i navnet. I virkeligheten sender de tilsynelatende sekulære organisasjonene pengene til en moderorganisasjon som selv hevder den er en religion, men de fungerer også som rekrutteringsbase for nevnte “religion”.

Interfax (Russisk):
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/480112

En litt påpyntet Google translate:

Court liquidated the Petersburg Foundation “Say No to Drugs

Moscow. November 18. INTERFAX.RU - Leninsky Court of St. Petersburg eliminated Charitable Foundation “Say No to Drugs Say Yes To Life” due to the fact that its activities do not correspond to the charter, as well as because of the disturbances in the financial statements.

As reported by “Interfax” on Wednesday, coordinator of the Fund Irina Kopylov, the organization does not plan to appeal the decision.

“The court made a decision. We agreed with the claims of (the prosecutor’s office requested the organization to eliminate and exclude information about it from the register - IF), and they were satisfied. The main reason was a lack of funding,” - she said.

“There has been a lack of donations. The implication was that the fund was to accumulate far more money than was in fact”, - he explained the Kopylov.

The petition prosecution available to the “Interfax”, noted that the reports for 2012-2014 is provided by the fund in the Ministry of Justice, there is no information on the amount of money spent on charity. At the same time during this period to the account of the fund received 625.9 million rubles. The fund is not systematically reported to the supervisory authority on the implementation of welfare programs.

According to the law, at least 80% of contributions received should be directed to charities during the year of receipt. The Court found expenditure of contributions to the distribution of leaflets in schools, lectures, pickets and flash mobs, bicycle races, “round tables” and seminars, as well as the rental of premises (rental spent more than half of the funds) unlawful.

The prosecutor’s office has also been found that the Fund actually led activities are not the legal address registered in the Ministry of Justice.

Meanwhile, a source familiar with the situation, “Interfax” that the charitable fund actively supported the Church of Scientology, which is not consistent with the charter of the organization.

However, the coordinator of the Fund stressed that the organization “Say No to Drugs” is a secular and acts as an independent legal entity.
"We have volunteers, Scientologists and Scientology, we select our people’s religious views. Any person who promotes a healthy lifestyle, can cooperate with us. At all events, actions and pickets heard only one idea:“Say No to Drugs”- said Kopylov.

As reported on the official website of the foundation “Say No to Drugs”, the organization engaged in drug prevention among youth in schools, as well as “major events and promotions with the distribution of leaflets against drugs.”

Earlier Petersburg Leninsky court ruled to liquidate the charity fund “Youth for Human Rights”. Prosecutor demands to liquidate the company and to exclude information about it from the register were met.

According to the source, the supervisor claims concerned the discrepancy between the actual activities of the organization and stated in the charter. The interviewer noted that the fund including distributed Scientology literature and contact with children and youth institutions of the city.

The press service of the company reported that the reasons for liquidation of the Fund were financial. Interlocutor “Interfax” said that information about the activities in the interest of Scientology is not true.


#7

#8

…ooog der forbød likegodt retten hele Moskva-avdelingen av Scientologikirken. Likvidasjon av organisasjonen og dets eiendeler må skje innen seks måneder. Årsaken er at organisasjonen er registrert som et trademark i USA, og går derved ikke inn under den russiske lovens definisjon av hva en religiøs organisasjon kan være.

TASS:

Sputnik News:

Rushingcrash:
http://rushincrash.com/forces/moscow-city-court-has-liquidated-the-metropolitan-church-of-scientology/


#9

Blir spennende å se om dette kan brukes som en “mal” for andre land.


#10

Bedre kilder, om enn ikke noe særlig mer innhold:

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34906785

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/23/russian-court-bans-moscow-branch-church-of-scientology

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russian-court-bans-church-of-scientology-because-it-is-not-a-religion-a6745386.html

International Bisiness Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/moscow-bans-church-scientology-claims-its-not-religious-body-2196764

Mike Rinder har også en kommentar: http://www.mikerindersblog.org/moscow-ruling/

Tony Ortega sier organisasjonen vil anke: http://tonyortega.org/2015/11/23/moscow-orders-banning-of-scientology-in-ongoing-dispute-church-vows-to-appeal/


#11

#12

Vel, det er tydeligvis ugreit å være Scientologikirken når man nektes å drive den sedvanlige snuingen av kappen etter vinden å være sekulær fortning det ene øyeblikket og en religion i det neste. Det ser ut som om India har voknet opp og funnet ut at de heller ikke vil bli USA II:

(Indian) Supreme Court: Gods, religious texts can’t be trademarked

The Indian Express:

Dette er nøaktig det samme uføret Scientologikirken har havnet i i Russland. Så lenge Miscavige insisterer på at man kun kan drive som scientolog innenfor organisasjonen, og selv ordet “scientologi” er registrert som et varemerke, vil organisasjonen ikke kunne ha status som en religion i India.

Dette skal bli spennende!


#13

Leste det der, ja. Egentlig en litt fin løsning på problematikken, men det er sikkert mulig å sno seg rundt dette også - på et eller annet vis.


#14

Politiet har raidet Scientologikirken i Moskva igjen (17. desember 1015)! Denne gangen er organisasjonen anklaget for å ha spionert på sine egne medlemmer (tenk det!). Detaljene er foreløpig litt uklare, noen med russiskkunnskaper eller høy google-fu kan prøve seg på denne:


#15

Kjapp (og kjip) Google Translate-utgave av artikkelen:

Moscow, Dec. 17. Investigators on Thursday came from searches in the Church of Scientology in Moscow. According to preliminary information, searches related to the reported cases of surveillance of the parishioners.

Earlier media reported that the Moscow Church of Scientology installed listening devices and surveillance cameras, reports Life News.

Similar raids were carried out in the Church of Scientology in October and the end of January. Police and security services at the beginning of the year the building was checked on Taganskaya Street, Moscow, rented Scientology, in the criminal case of fraud.

The fact that the Church of Scientology is suspected of spying on their adherents, became known in October. Investigators believe that the representatives of the Church could use the audio and video recordings of conversations with parishioners to their blackmail.

Note that part of the Scientology materials deemed extremist in Russia. Scientology is an international movement that was founded by the American science fiction writer Ron Hubbard and is a compilation of okoloreligioznyh and pseudo-scientific ideas.


#16

pseudo-scientific

Heh!


#17


#18

Scientologikirken anker avgjørelsen i Moskva byrett til russisk høyesterett.

Russian Legal Information Agency (på engelsk):
Ban on Church of Scientology appealed in Russian Supreme Court

Ikke noe egentlig nytt, men denne gangen i alle fall på engelsk.


#19

Russerne gir seg ikke, denne gangen (27. mars 2916) var det scientologi-org’en i Naberezhnye Chelny, den sentralrussiske republikken Tatarstan som fik besøk av Spetsnaz:

Den engelske tekstingen:

Reporter: Dinar Usmanov, NTV
Dato: 30. mars, 2016
Sted: Naberezhnye Chelny (Tatarstan, Russland)

Reporter: A few strokes of a sledge hammer and, under the onslaught of the Spetsnaz soldiers, the door to the citadel of the Church of Scientology’s devotees gives way. The operatives enter the premises of a religious organization that look more like the office of a business than a temple. The investigators are determined to carry out a thorough search.

Etterforsker: (leser) “We are conducting this search in order to —”

(kvinnen til venstre avbryter etterforskeren)

Etterforsker: Listen to me. “… in order to find and seize objects and documents related to illegal activities of the religious group ‘Church of Scientology,’ including electronic media and paper records on which are stored citizens’ private personal information.”

Reporter: Here, in this building, is where Scientology’s enlightenment process is conducted, so-called “auditing,” somewhat like Christian secret confession. However, all the intimate revelations made during auditing are secretly recorded on video and special audio recording devices. The investigators call this a blatant violation of privacy. Regarding how the information collected about parishioners is used, the Scientologists, of course, prefer not to comment.

The true nature of the activity of this organization’s numerous cells has been carefully concealed. Outside, a modest sign states that this is a branch of the Church of Scientology. But inside, on computer media and paper files now being seized by police, hundreds of compromising details about the followers are recorded, the darkest stains on their lives: career mistakes, questionable acquaintances, and, of course, information about conjugal infidelities. Security officials are not ruling out that this information may have been used to extort large sums of money.

Last year, a similar search was conducted by investigators at the Moscow Scientology office. Detectives seized equipment that would be the envy of even the intelligence services. This [video shows a hard disk], in fact, is a hard drive on which all of the parishioners’ secrets were stored. Nearby were electromagnetic guns that fire in the event of an alarm, and all information is instantly destroyed. No one has explained why the church has such equipment. The followers of American L. Ron Hubbard’s doctrine who were seen at the Naberezhnye Chelny office also said that they know nothing regarding the secret collection of confidential information about members, and they began assuring investigators that, in their minds, there is nothing criminal going on.

Guzel Salikhova, scientolog: We are a very peaceful religion. We help people. We provide education about the dangers of drugs. We are striving to uphold morality in society.

Reporter: Tenants of the Scientologists’ neighboring offices say that no one knows what goes on behind this door, beside which a plain sign is displayed. But the church is frequented by affluent people who are clearly trying to remain incognito.

Nail Sirazov, entreprenør: They come here in impressive cars, but it’s not clear who they are. Nail Sirazov Entrepreneur Nevertheless, these people are apparently training their colleagues for something there.

Reporter: Candidate of Sociological Sciences Larisa Astakhova has firsthand knowledge of this overseas cult. Scientologists have even tried to recruit her. She now serves as an expert for investigations and court cases concerning Scientologists. She says that the cult’s most striking feature is the American commercial nature of the doctrine. Even a sincerely empathetic person doesn’t have the right to call himself a Scientologist unless he hands over a certain amount of money for the needs of the church. Regarding the secretly recorded confessions, the expert says this is practically a business for sensitive personal information and it always costs money. The church’s followers apparently know how to derive profit from this.

Larisa Astakhova, professor i filosofi, Kazan føderale universitet: The stage is set for blackmail when, for example, persons close to high-ranking individuals, join Scientology or get involved with Dianetics, and details about them, about their countries — not always favorable — or even state secrets fall into the hands of these people. Sometimes what can develop is a form of espionage, including industrial espionage. There will always be people motivated by this.

Reporter: The case against the Scientologists from Naberezhnye Chelny has already grown into a large-scale investigation with stunning revelations and scandals. Searches involving church members were performed simultaneously at 18 locations in several cities in Tatarstan. Experts say that Scientologists collected donations, tax-exempt because under the guise of religious status, and then sent them directly to the business-church’s head office in the United States. According to detectives, court proceedings are presently underway in Russia to address the issue of denying the Scientologists status as a religious organization.

Dinar Usmanov, Dmitriy Ermakov, Ilya Ushenin NTV, Tatarstan.


#20

Men vil dette få konsekvenser utover Russlands landegrenser? :pensive: