Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cults

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Translation of a Russian article posted on June 22, 2013 on the website of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) news website fontanka.ru:

/http://www.fontanka.ru/2013/06/22/021/

Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cult members

June 22, 2013

The Supreme Court of Russia has ruled that government-ordered expert examination of religious matters does not constitute arbitrary interference and does not violate the right of citizens to freedom of religion.

The Church of Scientology opposed the current procedure whereby the government resorts to expert examination of religious matters. According to Scientology’s leadership, the Justice Ministry’s procedure is questionable, abuses its authority, and violates the right to freedom of religion. To require passing an expert religious examination amounts to arbitrary interference by a state authority into the exercise of the right to freedom of conscience. In particular, the Church of Scientology protested that it is inadmissible to conduct expert reviews to deny an organization the status of a religious association (beliefs, religious services and other rites and ceremonies, training and education of followers) after its materials have been classified as extremist, as well as in other critical circumstances.

However, the Supreme Court of Russia rejected the Church of Scientology’s claims, confirming the right of the Justice Ministry to determine the process and the basis for the conduct of expert examinations into religious matters.

In 1996, the Church of Scientology, also operating under the name "Dianetics," was classified as a destructive organization. In 2007, a court ordered the dissolution of the Saint Petersburg “Scientology Centre,” which was convicted of illegal educational and medical activities, of "encroachment into the field of the human mind," and other violations. In addition, certain works by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology’s teachings, have been added to the federal list of extremist materials

A pdf file containing the 6-page decision (in Russian) of the Supreme Court of Russia, dated May 16, 2013, is available at the link below:

http://www.supcourt.ru/stor_pdf.php?id=540658
 

Purple Rain

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Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

Translation of a Russian article posted on June 22, 2013 on the website of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) news website fontanka.ru:

/http://www.fontanka.ru/2013/06/22/021/



A pdf file containing the 6-page decision (in Russian) of the Supreme Court of Russia, dated May 16, 2013, is available at the link below:

http://www.supcourt.ru/stor_pdf.php?id=540658

They really are extremist.
 

guanoloco

As-Wased
Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

So much for the Ruskies putting Hubbard on the payroll back in the 50's.
 

La La Lou Lou

Crusader
Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

But what about the wonderful idle org in Moscow, centre for the whole community, opened in freezing conditions with great dancing and thermal underwear?
 

Udarnik

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Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

So much for the Ruskies putting Hubbard on the payroll back in the 50's.

Actually, I would not put it past them. The October Revolution threw a patina of athiesm over what was still a deeply superstitious peasant culture. When the Soviet regime fell, the superstition welled to the surface, and there was an extreme explosion of interest in the paranormal and various kinds of goofy cults and spiritualism in the Russian media. Putin is kind of putting the lid on this for the same reason the Communist Chinese suppress Falun Gong - he doesn't want competing loyalties and private spying.

The Soviets did dabble in attempts to study and quantify mentalist powers such as telepathy and telekinesis in the 50s and 60s. I would not put it past some low level ex-peasant flunky with dung still on his KGB-issued boots to float the idea of adding Dia-nut-ics to the mix. But Hubbard was too flaky for even the goofball wing of the KGB to take seriously for long.
 
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Leon

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"encroachment into the field of the human mind" is a really odd crime though. I wonder if they'd prohibit contemplating one's navel.
 

NoName

A Girl Has No Name
Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

In Soviet Russia, government watches cult.

In everywhere else, cult watches YOU!

Pretty fucked up, huh?
 

NoName

A Girl Has No Name
Re: Russia's Supreme Court upholds Justice Ministry’s right to examine beliefs of cul

"encroachment into the field of the human mind" is a really odd crime though. I wonder if they'd prohibit contemplating one's navel.

In most of the U.S. it is a crime to practice medicine or any licensed profession (psychology) without a license. I don't think it is that weird, even though the wording is a bit clunky.
 
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