Russia: Police raid Saint Petersburg org, Sept. 25, 2014

mnql1

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Incidentally, the raid of the Church of Scientology in Saint Petersburg took place exactly one week before the European Court of Human Rights is scheduled to hand down a decision on Thursday, October 2, 2014 regarding Russia's refusal to register the Saint Petersburg org.

Source: Forthcoming judgments re: BG, CZ, FR, GR, MD, NO, PT, RU & UA 30.09-02.10.14

The European Court of Human Rights October 2, 2014 decision orders Russia to pay the applicants 7,500 euros for violating Article 9 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
 

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Translation of a Russian article posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 on the website of the rosbalt.ru news agency:
http://www.rosbalt.ru/piter/2014/10/06/1323481.html
Extremist literature seized during searches at the Saint Petersburg Church of Scientology

October 6, 2014

Details of searches that took place in September at the Church of Scientology of Saint Petersburg are beginning to emerge.

According to a law enforcement source, electronic media, computer servers, financial documents, and extremist literature were seized from offices located at 134-136 Obvodny Canal Embankment, building 71, and at 71 [sic; should be 21] Rozenstein Street.

The main figure in this criminal case, Ekaterina Zaborskikh, head of the construction firm "Olimp", was arrested and then released on bail.

Searches were conducted on September 25 at the religious organization. The investigation turned up evidence of financial interrelations between the suspect and this organization.
 
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mnql1

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At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, police raided the Church of Scientology located at 21 Rozenstein Street in Saint Peterburg, Russia. Authorities are investigating a "large-scale fraud" by the construction company "Olimp" whose directors are Scientologists Ekaterina and Mikhail Zaborskikh. Money that buyers paid to purchase apartments in buildings yet to be constructed was allegedly siphoned off to pay for Scientology courses or as donations to Scientology's "volunteer ministers."

Court case began today, April 18, 2016:

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

April 18, 2016
http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20160418/275885583.html]http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20160418/275885583.html

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.
 

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

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

The Daily Beast now has the story.

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

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl...-stealing-2-million-and-giving-to-church.html

VIDEO AT LINK.

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THAT’S A LOT OF

04.25.16 1:30 PM ET

Katie Zavadski

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

A woman is accused of defrauding apartment buyers, taking their deposits, and giving much of it to the church in Moscow.

Authorities in Russia say a woman stole money given to her for dream homes and donated it to the Church of Scientology.

Ekaterina Zaborskikh allegedly stole 130 million rubles ($2 million) between 2012 and 2014 by selling Russians them apartments that were never built by her construction company, an indictment in St. Petersburg alleged last week, as reported by Komsomolskaya Pravda. Part of that money was funnelled to her Church, prosecutors say.

Posters advertising the developments promised clients “affordable castles” in green neighborhoods by Zaborskikh’s construction company, Olimp, according to the paper. Instead, the would-be buildings are still holes in the ground. Websites advertising the Olimp projects now warn potential buyers that they will no longer be built, as the company has ceased its operations. (The company’s website is down.)

In 2014, a woman identified only as Anna told NTV that she had paid 2.5 million rubles for an apartment and was told that construction would start imminently. The project was then frozen, and she eventually found out that the company had never gotten approvals for the construction.

At the time, an attorney for Olimp, the construction company, said that his client had not yet been charged.

Prosecutors say Zaborskikh gave the cash into the Moscow Church of Scientology disguised as donations.

The St. Petersburg branch of the church was raided in 2014 over large-scale theft allegations. A local newspaper reported at the time that Zaborskikh was the main subject of the investigation.

In January 2015, authorities raided the Moscow church to analyze financial documents.

“Detectives in Saint Petersburg found that some of the stolen funds had been transferred to the account of this religious organization in Moscow,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs told the channel Rossiya. “The suspect is a member of this organization. The investigation does not exclude possible involvement in this crime on the part of officials and coordinators of this religious organization.”

But church officials denied involvement with the scheme.

“This search was related to a business located in St. Petersburg,” Natalya Alekseeva, a public relations director for the Moscow church, told the channel Rossiya. “This matter has no connection with the Church of Scientology in Moscow.”

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Russian Woman Arrested for Giving $2 Million in Stolen Funds to Scientology

Russian Woman Arrested for Giving $2 Million in Stolen Funds to Scientology.

Sputnik News: Russian Woman Arrested for Giving $2 Million in Stolen Funds to Scientology

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20160426/1038664524/scientology-two-million-dollar-donation.html

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Five months after Scientology was banned in the Russian Federation, authorities have arrested a member of the sect for stealing 130 million rubles, and donating the money to the "church."

In November 2015, a court in Moscow backed Russian Justice Ministry claims that the Church of Scientology did not comply with federal law, as it used its trademark for financial gain.

"The representatives of the Church of Scientology have created many legal conflicts by themselves by restricting the religious freedom through the use of trademarks," the Ministry of Justice said.

The Church vowed to appeal, but a high-profile incident has given the Russian government little reason to reconsider their stance.

Most recently, authorities arrested Ekaterina Zaborskikh this month for allegedly stealing some $2 million from apartment buyers in St. Petersburg. Most of that money was then donated to the Church of Scientology.

The money was obtained between 2012 and 2014 by selling apartments through Zaborskikh’s construction company, Olimp. Though the company promised the construction of "affordable castles," the apartments were never built, and, instead, the money was redirected through the Church as donations.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs investigated the incident in 2014, ultimately raiding the Church’s Moscow headquarters in search of financial records.

"Detectives in St. Petersburg found that some of the stolen funds had been transferred to the account of this religious organization in Moscow," said a spokesman for the Ministry. "The suspect is a member of this organization. The investigation does not exclude possible involvement in this crime on the part of officials and coordinators of this religious organization."

Scientology spokeswoman Natalya Alekseeva denied that the Church was involved in the scheme.

"This search was related to a business located in St. Petersburg," she said. "This matter has no connection with the Church of Scientology in Moscow."


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Re: Russian Woman Arrested for Giving $2 Million in Stolen Funds to Scientology

Scientology spokeswoman Natalya Alekseeva denied that the Church was involved in the scheme.

"This search was related to a business located in St. Petersburg," she said. "This matter has no connection with the Church of Scientology in Moscow."

So the incessant regging has nothing to do with why Scientologists steal money to go up the bridge? OK.
 

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Scientologist arrested in Russia for 'stealing $2m and giving it to Church'

Scientologist arrested in Russia for 'stealing $2m and giving it to Church'.

The Independent: Scientologist arrested in Russia for 'stealing $2m and giving it to Church'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...2-million-and-handing-to-church-a7001871.html

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Scientologist arrested in Russia for 'stealing $2m and giving it to Church'

Russia has tried to ban the Scientology Church before on the grounds of it being a commercial organisation

Jess Staufenberg

A follower of Scientology has been accused of swindling money from Russians and funneling it to her Church in a fradulent operation.

Ekaterina Zaborskikh allegedly stole $2 million, or 130 million roubles, from prospective buyers for apartments and homes which were never built.

At least some of the money was siphoned off and sent to the Church of Scientology in Moscow, an indictment in St Petersburg has alleged.

"Detectives in Saint Petersburg found that some of the stolen funds had been transferred to the account of this religious organisation in Moscow," a spokesperson for the internal affairs ministry told the Rossiya channel.

"The suspect is a member of this organisation.

"The investigation does not exclude the possible involvement in this crime on the part of officials and coordinators of this religious organisation."

The charges against Ms Zaborskikh include that she set up a company which advertised "affordable castles" that were then purchased but never built, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Her construction company, Olimp, now appears to have ceased operations and its website is down.

One woman said she had paid 2.5 million roubles for an apartment and was told construction would start immediately, only to then find the project had never received approval for consttruction, according to NTV.

Scientology officials at the Church in Moscow deny that Ms Zaborskikh ever handed them money from fradulent operationsdisguised as donations.

"This search was related to a business located in St Petersburg," said Natalya Alekseeva, a public relations director for the Moscow Church.

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Dulloldfart

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So she embezzled 130,000,000 rubles and gave "some" of it to the cult. Do any of the Russian media sources say how much? 125,000,000 rubles? 57 kopeks? (1 ruble = 100 kopeks)

Paul
 

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Re: Russian Woman Arrested for Giving $2 Million in Stolen Funds to Scientology

INTELligent car . You are so correct it also has nothing to do with Rex Fowler or Greg Bradshaw(sp?) or what was his Russian name who 'fell to his death' in clearwater perhaps 3 or 4 years ago. Or Albert Jacquires(sp?) . I most likely just touched the surface while wondering if the Russian investigators where able to see if there was any connection to the Russian death.,,,,maybe the doco's that they got were not removed by OSA....in their standard operation of removing evidence, fabricating a shore story, and as I can read, make their plausible deniability statement to
wit:
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Scientology officials at the Church in Moscow deny that Ms Zaborskikh ever handed them money from fradulent operationsdisguised as donations.

"This search was related to a business located in St Petersburg," said Natalya Alekseeva, a public relations director for the Moscow Church.

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So the incessant regging has nothing to do with why Scientologists steal money to go up the bridge? OK.
 

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Russia’s Supreme Court dismisses complaint filed by Church of Scientology

Russia’s Supreme Court dismisses complaint filed by Church of Scientology.

RAPSI: Russia’s Supreme Court dismisses complaint filed by Church of Scientology

http://www.rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20160505/276049048.html

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18:32 05/05/2016

MOSCOW, May 5 (RAPSI) – The Russia’s Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint the Moscow Church of Scientology had lodged in connection to the Russian Justice Ministry refusal to register this organization’s charter, a court representative told RAPSI on Thursday.

“The complaint was returned to the petitioner without examination,” – the court representative noted. It was clarified that Church representatives tried to challenge a Moscow Izmaylovsky Court ruling, which had dismissed their complaint against the Justice Ministry decision.

In the course of a routine check of documents, the Russia’s Ministry of Justice has established that the charter of this faith-based organization was not in compliance with provisions of the federal law on freedom of religion, whereas the word “scientology” was registered as a trademark, whose owner is the US Religious Technology Center. In this connection, the Justice Ministry had first refused to register amendments to the charter, and later turned to the Moscow City Court requesting to dissolve the organization. The Moscow City Court has already banned the Moscow Church of Scientology and allowed it six months to complete the liquidation procedure. This ruling has been challenged in the Russia’s Supreme Court.



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mnql1

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Court case began today, April 18, 2016:

Here, with English subtitles, is a Russian TV news report with a comment by a key witness who testified on Thursday, May 18, 2017 concerning the alleged real estate fraud by Scientologist Ekaterina Zaborskikh. The trial began on April 18, 2016.

https://youtu.be/-dh_v_CqO3A

Source (in Russian): http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/1808306/

Transcript

Сегодня ["Today"]
NTV, Saint Petersburg
Broadcast date: May 18, 2017

130 million rubles for the benefit of the "Church of Scientology."

In the Oktyabrsky District Court today, a key witness was questioned in a high-profile criminal case involving large-scale fraud.

According to the investigation, the director of a construction company, Ekaterina Zaborskikh,for 2 years, beginning in 2012, concluded contracts requiring payment from buyers for the construction of dwellings. But the keys to the buyers' new apartments never materialized. The company did not have permission to build low-rise buildings. In fact, the missing funds — investigators say more than 100 million rubles — went to a religious organization, the "Church of Scientology," of which the accused company director is an adherent.

Olga Popova, Former construction director: "There were properties, but I later began to realize that Mrs. Zaborskikh had no intention of building anything. The construction department was only needed to deceive the buyers. Apartments were resold 3 or 4 times. We didn't know about this. It was kept away from us. We came to work and to build."

Initially, Zaborskikh's company was supposed to erect a few low-rise buildings in Saint Petersburg's Vyborgsky District near the Ozerki metro station and also in the towns of Yeksolovo and Nizino. However, the company didn't obtain a license and didn't pay any contractor. As a result, not only were the home buyers deceived, but also the company's construction department employees, who lost their jobs.
 
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