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April 20, 2001

To: Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Province
Ivan Petrovich Sklyarov

Cc: Dept. of Internal Affairs of
Nizhny Novgorod Province
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Kanygin

Head Office of Federal Security Service of
Nizhny Novgorod Province
Vladimir Ivanovich Bulavin

Mayor of the city of Nizhny Novgorod
Yury Isakovich Lebedev

Metropolitan of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas Nicholas

Mass Media of Nizhny Novgorod Province and
the city of Nizhny Novgorod

From: Director of PR Office
Hubbard Humanitarian Center
Yulia Maratovna Azbenova
Phone: in Moscow: (095) 961-3416
in Nizhny Novgorod: (8312) 41-2341

Dear Ivan Petrovich:

In connection with the forthcoming international conference " Totalitarian Cults - the
Menace of the Twenty First Century" which will be held in Nizhny Novgorod April 23-
25, I would like to forewarn you as governor of the province about a problem in
connection with one of the participants of this conference.

I am talking about Gerald Armstrong, a man who will take part in this conference and
will present a paper on April 24, 2001.

In May 1998 the Supreme Court of the State of California issued an order to "arrest him
and to bring him to the court" and that this arrest "can be conducted any time day or
night" (cited from the court decision). I should add that this Armstrong was to be
brought before the court and held accountable for anti-religious propaganda.

The order has not been executed until now for the simple reason that Armstrong is not at
the moment residing in the US and thus is outside the reach of American justice.

I have no doubt that neither the Diocese of Nizhny Novgorod nor the authorities of
Nizhny Novgorod Province and the city of Nizhny Novgorod have access to this data;
otherwise this man would not have been put on the list of participants in the Conference.

I include here a copy of the document sent to me from the USA and I ask you to find out
whose initiative it was to invite this man to Nizhny Novgorod, deliberately not informing
the government that he is a criminal element. It is necessary to carefully screen all the
list of the participants as well.

I also would like to inform you that this document, with an explanatory letter similar to
this one, has already been submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian
Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of
Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the information about the arrival of
Armstrong in Russia has been handed to the U.S. Embassy in Russia so that the necessary
measures may be taken for his detention.

It is very distressing to me that the city and regional authorities, as well as the Orthodox
diocese, are unaware that the reputation of this person, and perhaps some other
participants of the Conference, are putting their good name at risk. Nizhny Novgorod
Province, which is at present well known for its social stability, in receiving a foreign
criminal, could be reduced to a proving ground for religious fighting and appear in an
unfavorable light to other countries.

I am ready to render you what help I can in resolving this issue,

Respectfully,


************************************************************************

April 20, 2001

For additional information call
Dianetics Center of Nizhny Novgorod
Director, Department of Public Relations
Yelena Arkadievna Deineko
Phone: (8312) 41-2341

RESPECT THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF OTHERS

Will this principle be upheld in the forthcoming Nizhny Novgorod Conference
"Totalitarian Cults - the Menace of the Twenty-First Century"?

World-renowned writer and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard wrote: "On the day when we
can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth." Unfortunately, this day
apparently will not come tomorrow. People's trust is often betrayed and, unfortunately,
those deceived are often persons of high spiritual standing, who seek Goodness and
Truth.

Did the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Province and the head of the Nizhny Novgorod
Orthodox Diocese not know that they were being deceived? Nevertheless, this is what is
happening.

A man who is a fugitive from justice will be a speaker at the International
Conference "Totalitarian Cults - the Menace of the Twenty-First Century" which
will be held in Nizhny Novgorod April 23-25.

This man is Gerald Armstrong. In May 1998 the Supreme Court of the State of
California issued an order to "arrest him and to bring him to the court" and that this arrest
"can be conducted any time day or night" (cited from the court decision) .

Of course, neither the Diocese of Nizhny Novgorod nor the authorities of Nizhny
Novgorod Province or the city of Nizhny Novgorod had suspected this, since it has
become known only recently, thanks to the actions of law-abiding Russians.

But who invited such a "distinguished guest" to Nizhny Novgorod? This remains
unknown. There is, however, another fact relating to the above-mentioned conference.
An active participant in the Conference work is American citizen, " cultologist"
Alexander Dvorkin, about whose book Sectovedenye (Cultology) the Newspaper NG-
Religii wrote that it is written in the spirit of religious intolerance and that it can tear
away Russians who yearn for spirituality from the Orthodox Church.

Hiding behind Orthodoxy, the ancient and traditional Russian religion, and incessantly
repeating that he works for the Moscow Patriarchate, he conducts a policy of religious
intolerance, attacking religious minorities and bringing schism into society. It is
particularly noteworthy that, for some reason, he pays special attention to organizations
and people who are involved in solving the problems of illegal drugs. In his
pseudoscientific "cultology" writings, Dvorkin has tried to attack the Unification Church,
which, as does Scientology, actively works against drugs in Russia. Something
additionally should be said about his recent attempt to discredit the highly respected Dean
of the Urals State University, who also fights against drug addiction in his University.
We should add that this action by Dvorkin was scandalously unsuccessful; the
Ekaterinburg public did not buy his black propaganda, and Dvorkin had to hide. But
aren't there too many coincidences?

Both city and provincial authorities, by being unaware of the reputation of these visitors,
are putting their good names at risk. Nizhny Novgorod Province, which is at present well
known for its social stability, in receiving a foreign criminal, could be reduced to a
proving ground for religious fighting, appear in an unfavorable light to other countries,
and become a forum for propagation of religious hatred.

But people of good will by their deeds and thoughts validate the words of Ron Hubbard:
"Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships. When one views
the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance throughout all the history of
man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity.

Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that
seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been
a short road to trouble."

o0o

 
 

This letter in Russian .pdf.

 

 

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