Russia announces groups linked to Church of Scientology as ‘undesirable’

(RNS) — Russia has designated two California-basically based organizations linked to the Church of Scientology as “undesirable,” a transfer that would possibly perchance formally ban the neighborhood.

The Prosecutor Standard’s Save of business on Friday (Sept. 24) talked about the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises Global and the Church of Non secular Technology “pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.”

The challenge will now be taken up by the Ministry of Justice, which, in line with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, would possibly perchance outlaw the groups below authorized guidelines governing “undesirable” international nongovernmental organizations.

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Russian authorities in present years comprise long gone after the Church of Scientology, ordering the closure of the neighborhood’s Moscow branch, in line with files studies. The Justice Ministry has also declared about a of the neighborhood’s literature extremist, Reuters reported.

The government has barred more than 30 groups below a 2015 law that made membership in “undesirable” organizations a prison offense, the Related Press reported. In 2017, Russia dominated the religious neighborhood Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremist” and has since sentenced 14 adherents to six or more years of jail.

Scientology modified into once established in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, and the Church of Scientology has been acknowledged as a religion within the US since 1993. Scientology is identified for its famous person followers, a lot like actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

The church has claimed it has 8 million members worldwide, with about a third of these within the U.S., but many critics comprise recommended there are between 25,000 and 55,000 animated Scientologists.

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On Netflix, a docuseries hosted by actress Leah Remini aspects prone Scientology members who portion alleged accounts of abuse and harassment by the church.

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