From: Gerry Armstrong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: MosNews, October 22, 2004, "Scientologists
Sent Packing from Beslan -- Police"
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Scientologists Sent Packing from Beslan -- Police
At least 20 Scientologists will be forced to leave a region in
southern Russia surrounding Beslan Friday, where over 330 people were
killed in a three-day hostage drama in September, the Interior
Regional police summoned 22 Scientologists Thursday, informing them
that they were forbidden to offer their religious and psychological
services in the region, and that they must leave the region within 24
The Interior Ministry agreed to an earlier request from the regional
Health Ministry for help in shutting down the activities of such
"sects" as the Church of Scientology in the republic of North Ossetia,
and in particular in Beslan, the Interfax news agency reported.
The ministry believed that the church’s activities -- which include
psychological "auditing" and rejection of traditional psychology --
were dangerous for the children, who were still traumatized after the
terrorist attack on their school.
Moreover, the Ministry of Justice discovered that the Church of
Scientology is not registered as a religious organization, and its
representatives are not licensed to act as spiritual aides or
psychologists, the news agency reported, citing the regional Interior
Ministry spokesman, Ismel Shaov.
The Church of Scientology, however, says that it was registered in
Russia in 1994.
© Gerry Armstrong