( RNS)– Russia has actually designated 2 California-based companies connected to the Church of Scientology as “unfavorable,” a relocation that might officially prohibit the group.
The Prosecutor General’s Office on Friday (Sept. 24) stated the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology “position a danger to the security of the Russian Federation.”
The problem will now be used up by the Ministry of Justice, which, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, might disallow the groups under laws governing “unfavorable” foreign nongovernmental companies.
Russian authorities over the last few years have actually pursued the Church of Scientology, purchasing the closure of the group’s Moscow branch, according to report The Justice Ministry has actually likewise stated a few of the group’s literature extremist, Reuters reported
The federal government has actually disallowed more than 30 groups under a 2015 law that made subscription in “unfavorable” companies a crime, the Associated Press reported In 2017, Russia ruled the spiritual group Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremist” and has actually because sentenced 14 followers to 6 or more years of jail.
Scientology was developed in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, a sci-fi author, and the Church of Scientology has actually been acknowledged as a faith in the United States given that1993 Scientology is understood for its celeb fans, such as stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
The church has actually declared it has 8 million members worldwide, with about a 3rd of those in the U.S., however numerous critics have actually recommended there are in between 25,000 and 55,000 active Scientologists.
On Netflix, a docuseries hosted by starlet Leah Remini includes previous Scientology members who share declared accounts of abuse and harassment by the church.