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Russian Court Upholds Ruling To Ban Scientology

Actor Tom Cruise at the opening in 2004 of Spanish headquarters of the Church of Scientology in MadridActor Tom Cruise at the opening in 2004 of Spanish headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Madrid
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Actor Tom Cruise at the opening in 2004 of Spanish headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Madrid
Actor Tom Cruise at the opening in 2004 of Spanish headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Madrid
A Moscow regional court has upheld a lower court decision declaring books on Scientology to be extremist literature and banning publication or distribution of books from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Court spokeswoman Anna Tyurina said that during the course of the hearing it was proven to the court's satisfaction that Scientology was aimed at forming isolated groups, prepared to engage in extremist activities in a battle with the rest of the world.

In June, Moscow's Shchelkovsky Court recognized several of Hubbard's books as extremist.

Members of the group appealed the decision.

The March 20 ruling by the regional court means Hubbard's literature and material on Scientology is officially on the list of banned extremist material in Russia.

With ITAR-TASS and Interfax reporting
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 21, 2012 10:37
In other news on Russia: another German politician - the former mayor of the city of Hamburg Henning Voscherau - is leaving his Vaterland and going to work for Gazprom as a consultant. This way he joins the former German Chancellor Schröder as a Mitarbeiter of the Russian gas-industry.
Source: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,822648,00.html
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by: Louanne
March 21, 2012 16:13
No research at all was done before this "article" was written. The case does not deal with Scientology core literature nor Scientology beliefs. The court decided about a couple of management policies and even though it is a complete joke to censor articles on "how to keep your desk neat" the court did not look into Scientology at all.
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by: Louanne
March 21, 2012 16:59
What you missed: http://www.scientologynews.org/statements/russia-scientology-book-ban.html
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by: L.Ron from: Clearview
March 22, 2012 00:42
All Hail Lord XENU!
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by: Mark from: Germany
March 22, 2012 06:31
Thank you for sharing Louanne.
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by: Mea from: NY
March 21, 2012 17:07
Banning books or information is the sign of a totalitarian regime. The earth is a free planet. People should be able to read what they want and make up their own minds. Governments are in no position to act as thought editors. I am vehemently against this banning and any other that attempts to prevent my awareness of the wealth of information that exists in the world on any subject.
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by: Anonymous
March 25, 2012 13:52
Like free comunism in USa ?!?!?

by: atheist from: US
March 21, 2012 12:14
This is nonsense. Banning books is sick, even if that includes bible or koran.
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by: another_atheist from: US
March 21, 2012 13:58
Scientology is not a religion though, it's a self-help scam masquerading as a religion for tax purposes, it's not like banning the Bible or Koran. Scientology is a fascist organization worth keeping an eye on
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by: Optimus Prime
March 21, 2012 15:08
Religion is one of the biggest scams in mankind's history!
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by: silly
March 21, 2012 15:31
There is no difference between Scientology and Christianity other than years since it's inception.

Age and obscurity of origin does not enhance validity. But I guess that doesn't matter when everything older than one generation appears "magical" to the average halfwit moron.
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by: Anonymous
March 21, 2012 19:04
You are mistaken and have a narrow view
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by: Anon
March 21, 2012 14:01
There are enough problems in Russia; American cults will not bleed us also.

It is just easier to out right ban these things instead of educating the wilfully ignorant masses to not be fools.
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by: Another One from: US
March 21, 2012 14:07
Thank you for seeing this as what it is, an attack on information.

by: Long
March 21, 2012 12:24
about time

by: --
March 21, 2012 12:26
Can we do this with other religious literature? Specifically ones that tell you to kill people that don't agree with you?
Like the bible?
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by: Nigel
March 21, 2012 14:53
The problem is that Scientology isn't a religion, it's just a cult.
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by: lol
March 21, 2012 15:32
what, in your opinion, is the difference?

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by: Naive
March 21, 2012 21:49
Let's be real, religions are also bullshit. People in power do use religion to manipulate the general populace to do their deeds (e.g. Governors using religion to push their personal agendas).

by: Jo Manning
March 21, 2012 13:14
lol, thats pretty funny dude.
www.anon-resources.tk

by: Jack from: US
March 21, 2012 13:32
Koran is primitive, hateful and despicable fabrication which should have been ridiculed publicly, but not banned. Banning books is impossible in the age of internet, and it is contrary to the freedom of speech. However NATO minions of US who pretend they have a freedom of speech, have a whole array of books banned, from Mein Kumpf to research books on history and evolution.
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by: Milovan Rafailovic from: Lake Placid, Florida
March 21, 2012 15:36
Well, haven't they banned Hitler's Mein Kampf in the West?
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by: Andreas from: Denmark
March 21, 2012 16:08
Seven copies of Mein Kampf (translated to Danish) available at my local, public library, according to their website! So no - at least not in all western countries..
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by: Jacob from: UK
March 21, 2012 16:25
They had 2 copies in my college library. It was never banned here but, as some other folks have said here, left in the public eye for the sake of ridicule.

The "loved it, hated it" returns box often takes a hammering from trolls taking it, the qu'ran and the karma sutra out, mind you.
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
March 21, 2012 23:26
Perhaps gentlemen on the forum have forgotten that the Russian court is a criminal organization which is controlled by Mr. Putin.
The former communist spy and an atheist,now plays the role of the believer.
It was he who ordered the court to jail girls from Pussy Riot
Now he orders to ban Scientology..
Mr. Tom Cruise please be careful! People are looking for you with polonium.

by: Mark from: Germany
March 22, 2012 06:33
Books can not be banned by a "regional court" even in Russia.
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by: Anonymous
March 22, 2012 08:31
Any court in Russia can find a publication "extremist" - it is then placed on the Justice Ministry's Federal List of Extremist Materials. Anyone distributing works on the Federal List or storing them with the intention of distributing them is liable to criminal prosecution.

68 Jehovah's Witness publications and 19 by Turkish Muslim theologian Said Nursi are already on the List - courts are hearing cases to add even more. Prosecutors in Tomsk tried to have The Bhagavad-gita As It Is also banned as "extremist".

See Forum 18's article:
http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1682

by: Alexey from: Moscow
March 22, 2012 10:34
A day before that another court was won ruling literature non-extremist. So sar there are 3 coгrts won by Scientology in Russia and this one still have appeal option.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 22, 2012 10:39
First all these crapy gringo "religions" will be thrown out of Russia - and then from everywhere else. All these fanaticos religiosos gringos will go back to their native New London (CT) and will be brainwashing each other there - and everybody else will live happy gringo-free lives :-)).
The way to go, Vladimir: ban everything gringo and throw all the gringos our of Russia :-))!!!
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by: Lester
March 22, 2012 19:50
What makes Scientology a "gringo" religion? That they don't sniff myrrh-based drugs, do not spread hate and dissent and have not killed hundreds of thousands during their dark ages? All power to them then.

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