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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
In Russia's central republic of Tatarstan, two police officers have been arrested and ordered detained for up to two months as investigators probe allegations that they were involved in torturing a man to force him to admit to a crime he never committed.

The two officers are from the same Dalny police station in the city of Kazan, where four officers have been arrested amid reports that they tortured another man to death earlier this month.

In the case of the two officers arrested on March 20, they are accused of beating and raping a detainee with a bottle last October during an interrogation over a theft.

Since news about the death of Sergei Nazarov, 52, in Kazan police custody emerged this month, a number of other Kazan residents have alleged police torture.

With reporting by Interfax and Novaya Gazeta

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