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'A Totalitarian Sect:' Youth Group Wants To Kick Mormons Out Of Russia

The Young Guard claims that Mormon proselytizers have direct contact with the U.S. military and that "a certain proportion of young Mormons returning to the United States after missionary work...enter the service of the CIA and FBI."
The Young Guard claims that Mormon proselytizers have direct contact with the U.S. military and that "a certain proportion of young Mormons returning to the United States after missionary work...enter the service of the CIA and FBI."
A pro-Kremlin youth organization in Russia has called for a ban on Mormons, whom it accused of pursuing "questionable activities" on behalf of "anti-Russian interests." 

The Young Guard movement says it will hold a demonstration on November 1 outside the Moscow headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the formal name of the Mormon Church. 

It plans to present the LDS with a giant airplane ticket marked "Moscow-Washington" to show that Mormons "and their organization" should return home to where they came from.

Similar protests are also scheduled outside Mormon missions in other cities, such as St. Petersburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok.

The Young Guard defended the move on its website, describing the U.S.-based Mormon Church as a "totalitarian sect" whose missionaries seek to gather Russian intelligence and genealogical records.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin warned his fellow countrymen to be wary of the dangers posed by groups involved in "totalitarian activities" in Russia. He said such groups were now "growing like mushrooms" in the country.

The Young Guard claimed that Mormon proselytizers had direct contact with the U.S. military while  also ominously pointing out that "a certain proportion of young Mormons returning to the United States after missionary work...enter the service of the CIA and FBI."

For good measure, the Young Guards also warned that polygamy and pedophilia were a "widespread practice" in the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

The group also noted that Mitt Romney, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, is a Mormon, and accused him of holding anti-Russian beliefs.

The Young Guard demonstrations are being held at a time when many foreign nongovernmental organizations are coming under increasing pressure in Russia because of a new legislation that brands them as "foreign agents."

There are believed to be more than 20,000 practicing Mormons in Russia, and the LDS opened its first official diocese or "stake" in Moscow in June 2011.
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by: Anonymous
November 02, 2012 14:55
People need to find out about mormons from the source and not from what others think we are. Its funny how mormons are so talked about when all they are trying to do is good in the world, but you have all other groups who are killing there own people, destroying the world. We don't drink or smoke or drink coffee so everyone thinks we are strange, think about how affected families are from alcohol. Have you checked out to see how much humanitarian work the mormons do, and its not for bragging purposes but genuine care for fellow human beings, which some of you could use in your own lives. You really think 19 year old kids would take 2 years out of their lives to serve a mission if they did not feel it a great thing! Everyone is entitled to what they believe on tis earth, and just cause you don't believe the same as us does not mean we are so different from the rest of you, you act like we are a whole different breed. I allow people to be who they are, and like I said if you really want to know us then talk to us directly, and yes there are annoying people who are mormon, but there are annoying people who are catholic and prodistent, and anglican, and buddist....ect. Find out for yourself and don;t read the anti mormon stuff cause its not true, you don't know me so don't judge until you have met me.......I don't judge you!
     

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