Russian court takes Justice Ministry’s side against Church of Scientology
MOSCOW, July 2 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Izmailovsky District Court in Moscow has dismissed a complaint filed by the Church of Scientology Moscow against the Justice Ministry’s refusal to register its charter, RAPSI learned at the court’s press service.
The Justice Ministry found during an audit that the charter of the Church of Scientology Moscow runs counter to the federal law on the freedom of religion, and that the word “Scientology” is a registered trademark of the US Religious Technology Center.
Following the audit, the ministry requested that the Moscow City Court outlaw the Church of Scientology Moscow. The Moscow City Court will resume the trial now that the Izmailovsky District Court has adopted a decision.
Dianetics and Scientology are a set of religious and philosophical ideas and practices that were put forth by L. Ron Hubbard in the US in the early 1950s.
The scientific community never recognized it as science.
A resolution passed in 1996 by the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, classified the Church of Scientology as a destructive religious organization.
The Moscow Regional Court ruled in 2012 that some of Hubbard’s books be included on the Federal List of Extremist Literature and prohibited from distribution in Russia.