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Russian security forces crack down on fraud tied to Scientology churches (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss what’s behind Russian security forces raiding Russian Scientology churches in St. Petersburg, as a widening fraud investigation against the controversial “religion” gains momentum.

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Via Moscow Times

Russian security forces have raided the offices of the Church of Scientology in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Thursday in connection with an investigation into defrauded homebuyers.

Investigators believe the church may have transferred around 3 billion rubles to its U.S. headquarters in recent years, according to the state-run TASS news agency. The funds were raised during seminars and training sessions held without a license, with an estimated 3-4 million rubles ($45,000-61,000) being raised per week in St. Petersburg, Leningrad region’s FSB press service was cited as saying.

The press service on Friday published a video of the raids.

“Early indications say more than 400 co-investors were defrauded out of around 800 million rubles [$12.3 million],” Interfax quoted St. Petersburg and Leningrad region police as saying.

Investigators opened the St. Petersburg defrauded homebuyers case in June 2017.

A St. Petersburg court sentenced the chairwoman of several housing cooperatives last year to 8.5 years behind bars for donating more than 160 million rubles to the Scientology church in Moscow.

The security services accused the Church of extremism, inciting hatred, and operating an illegal business when raiding its office in St. Petersburg in 2017. The Church of Scientology headquarters in St. Petersburg was also raided in March 2018 and June 2016.


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William H warrick III MD
William H warrick III MD
April 4, 2019

Scientology is a Cult, not a Religion.

Reply to  William H warrick III MD
April 5, 2019

It’s a money grubbing rip off cult.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  William H warrick III MD
April 7, 2019

They should just go ahead and ban it as they have banned the nutcase JWs.

Paddy Jameson Power
Paddy Jameson Power
April 5, 2019

The Western MSM will use this to accuse Russia of “harrrssing minority religions”.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paddy Jameson Power
April 5, 2019

Who cares what the western MSM use. They always use something or other. They feed off Russia like vampires.

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