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Yekaterinburg, Russia: Scientology premises searched and documents seized

Discussion in 'Legal and Government Actions Involving Scientology' started by CommunicatorIC, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Yekaterinburg, Russia: Scientology premises searched and documents seized.

    Courtesy The Wrong Guy on WWP:

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    This article was published today, in Russian.

    В офисе екатеринбургских сайентологов прошли обыски с участием ФСБ и ОМОН | Вечерние ведомости

    Here's a translation, from Google Translate. Quote:

    In the office Yekaterinburg Scientologists were searched with the participation of the FSB and OMON

    In the office of Scientology in Yekaterinburg held with searches involving employees of Federal Security Service of the Sverdlovsk region, investigators of the Center for Extremism Prevention Research Affairs of Russia in Sverdlovsk region and their colleagues from the Department of Economic Security and anti-corruption of the regional police cupola.

    As it became known, seizure of documents occurred at the power accompanied by riot police on July 26 at the headquarters of NP "Ural Distribution Center of Dianetics and Scientology", located in the building number 86 on the street Belinsky. The event started early in the morning and ended late in the evening - the building operatives carried several boxes of financial documents.

    According to the publication source in the near future, "the clergy-Hubbardists" may become defendants in a criminal case under Part. 2 tbsp. 171 of the Criminal Code (illegal business).

    According to preliminary data, adherents scientists suspect that they are doing business without a license for educational activity, drawing revenue on a large scale.

    It should be noted that similar searches a month ago held in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad region.

    As previously reported, the Scientology church - one of the most aggressive totalitarian sects, which followers are about 500 thousand Russians.

    Scientology came up with an American science fiction Ron Hubbard, has repeatedly been accused of fraud. The new religion arose at the intersection of theology and pseudoscience invented. The result was "Scientology" ( "knowledge of knowledge"), with the task of making the motion. ​

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  2. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    One thing jumped out at me in the translation, so I went back to the original:

    Как сообщалось ранее, сайентологическая церковь – одна из самых агрессивных тоталитарных сект, последователями которой являются около 500 тысяч россиян.

    It actually does say that 500,000 Russians are involved with the Co$.

    I'm not sure if that's FSB hype to justify the actions against the potential threat, if it's taking the $cilons' word for over-inflated numbers, or if it's botched copy editing of 500 to a thousand (the 500 is written as numbers, the "thousand" is written as a word, which, although not unheard of, is a bit of an odd way to write 500,000 in a news article).
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  3. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    After having done a little digging, I've come to the conclusion that the original figure probably comes from the Kult, in the typical fashion of counting everyone who's ever done a stress test as a member.

    From a group of useful idiots counting $cientology among the ranks of persecuted legitimate religions in the former USSR:

    В общей сложности около 500 тысяч россиян проявили какой-то интерес к Саентологии, но, конечно, большинство из них не стали саентологами.

    "All told, around 500 thousand Russians have expressed some sort of interest in $cientology, although, of course, the majority of them did not become $cientologists."

    This is from a source friendly to the Kult, using many Kult sources and talking points. But it's interesting the Russian press repeats the number. I suspect it's another Kult footbullet - by inflating stats, they've give the FSB quasi-legitimate means to overstate the threat and excuse the giant hammer that's falling on the Kult.

    Bravo, Davy!
  4. WildKat

    WildKat Gold Meritorious Patron

    I had the same thought.... Half a million? Seriously doubt that.
  5. Churchill

    Churchill Gold Meritorious Patron

    I assume that the FSB is aware that Scientology's intelligence arm, OSA, is most certainly using encrypted communications after the recent raids.
  6. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    I would assume there are FSB double agents in the Kult's cadres in Russia by now. Encryption won't matter if the decoded messages are handed over by a mole.
  7. mnql1

    mnql1 Patron Meritorious

    Media in Yekaterinburg, Russia are reporting that the Scientologists have shut down their office and cannot be reached. On July 26, Police raided the Dianetics and Scientology Dissemination Center in Yekaterinburg and seized financial documents. The Scientologists are suspected of operating an unlicensed business in the field of education.

    Scientologists disappear from Yekaterinburg after visit by FSB (in Russian)

    In this video, a Yekaterinburg TV news reporter visits the former location of the Scientology office and discovers that the Scientologists have disappeared.
  8. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Google translation of the 66 RU article linked above.

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    After the visit of the FSB from Yekaterinburg disappeared Scientologists

    Searches in the office of the followers of Ron Hubbard's teachings passed last week. Who is organizing the phone is locked, and the premises are empty.

    Yekaterinburg Scientologists stopped their activity in the city. The followers of the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard closed the missionary department, left the office in a building on Belinsky and disconnect the phone. According to Portal own source, the organization withdrew after the searches were held at their office.

    The FSB and the Interior Ministry paid a visit to Scientology in the beginning of last week, from an office in the center of Yekaterinburg, they seized documents. Events organized in the framework of the All-Russian campaign, which began about a month ago. According to some reports, searches took place because of the economic activities of the organization, it is now solved the question of criminal proceedings.

    Recall that in April, the office "Ural Center of Dianetics and Scientology spread" was opened in the city center. On this occasion, in the capital of the Urals was a large-scale congress of Scientology.

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  9. Caroline

    Caroline Patron Meritorious

    Thank you for posting!

    We were reminded of Gerry’s “tour” of the Yekaterinburg Scientology center in 2002:

    Here’s his report: From that report:

    And photo gallery of his trip:

    The Scientologists’ 2003 Application for Charges against Alexander Dvorkin, Gerry and others:

    Gerry’s response:
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  10. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    New search of Scientology offices in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

    Interfax: Searches carried out at Church of Scientology offices in Yekaterinburg

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    Yekaterinburg, February 3, Interfax - Police and security officers in Russia's Sverdlovsk Region conducted searches at the offices of the Church of Scientology, a religious, nonprofit organization, on Belinsky Street in the city of Yekaterinburg.

    The searches were conducted on February 1 as part of a police inquiry into "illegal entrepreneurship," the regional police spokesperson said.

    The police found that the organization's main activity was to provide training sessions and seminars for a fee.

    "The organization was doing so without a license for the provision of educational activities," regional police official Valery Gorelykh said in a statement.

    According to preliminary data available to the police, the organization's earnings amounted to tens of millions of rubles.

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  11. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    The Scientology office searches were held in Yekaterinburg

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    The Scientology office searches were held in Yekaterinburg

    YEKATERINBURG, February 3 - RIA Novosti. In Yekaterinburg, police and FSB raided the office of the "Church of Scientology", the State Ministry of Interior of the Sverdlovsk region.

    According to police, the operational-investigative actions were carried out in a room on the street Belinsky.

    "The visit of the security forces in this institution took place in the framework of the previously excited Main Investigation Department of the regional police cupola of the criminal case on grounds of crime under Part 2 of Article 171 of the Criminal Code" illegal business. "The bodies of the Interior found that actually the main activity of the organization is to make profit . through paid training and seminars When the license for educational activity in the organization is not "- said the spokesperson of the State Ministry of Interior of the Sverdlovsk region Valery burning.

    According to preliminary data, the amount of income received by representatives of the organization, made tens of millions of rubles.

    "On the results of the searches to talk is premature, the work is not yet complete investigation is ongoing." - Added fire.

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  12. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

    By now, it wouldn't surprise me if they were counting every hit on their web page as a new Scientologist.
  13. Churchill

    Churchill Gold Meritorious Patron

    "...actually the main activity of the organization is to make profit." (Waiter, check please!)

    How come the Russians are so smart and American law enforcement and courts are so bloody stupid?

    I pray that the Russians share their intel with the Trump Administration!