Kazakh Clerics Warn Against Russian Sect

Excerpt from report by Kazakh Channel 31 TV on 10 April

[Presenter] The current situation around the NUR[Scientific Control of Reality] centre is still unclear. This is a branch of [Russian guru] Grigoriy Grabovoy‘s organization in Almaty. [Passage omitted: known facts about the sect]. The first official responses by representatives of Russian Orthodox Church and Clerical Board of Muslims Of Kazakhstan was circulated in Almaty today. The official bodies have not commented yet on the activity of Grabovoy’s organization in Kazakhstan. Here is report by Dulat Satybaldyev.

[Correspondent] It turns out that religious freedom may be a dangerous thing. Father Aleksandr says that when setting new public organizations its founders claim the very best intentions but afterwards their activities may vary from religious sects to terrorist ones.

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[Aleksandr Ivlev, press secretary of Almaty and Astana eparchy] The activity of any sect is ultimately aimed at destroying the state and existing society. Because a member of a sect is fully attached to its leader and the goals he dictates. It means the devotee is taken away from society.

[Correspondent] The statement was prompted by the recent arrest of Grabovoy in Moscow. [Passage omitted: details of Grabovoy’s activity] Today it became known that the Kazakh Prosecutor- General’s Office had never carried any checks on the activities of Grabovoy’s NUR affiliate in Almaty because there have been no requests to this effect. But the Ministry of Justice requested the registration records of NUR centre in Almaty and is waiting for reply. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said that controlling the NUR’s activity was not their responsibility. Even though it is an affiliate of a foreign organization with shady reputation and its leader was seen showing a fake photo of him with the Kazakh president. [Video shows a murky photo of Grabovoy sitting by the Kazakh President Nazarbayev]

[Yerzhan Ashykbayev, official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, captioned] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not comment statements of this kind, for one cannot respond to all of them. The activities of missionary groups, are being regulated by the legislation and there are appropriate regulatory bodies to oversee them.

[Correspondent] The clergy describes the group of Grigoriy Grabovoy as a commercial sect. The group’s activity is aimed at enriching its leader and his entourage. Commonly such sects help to open its affiliates in any city or country given that part of the profit is sent to the headquarters.

[Passage omitted: candid camera record of a member of NUR centre inducing a reporter to buy a CD]

[Corespondent] The main merchandise in Almaty is a CD with “teachings” by Grabovoy. Its price is about 1,500 dollars.

[Tolepbergen Allamzharuly, naib-imam at Central Mosque of Almaty, captioned] Many sects and teachings that have an opportunity to preach here have enough human resources and offer instant opportunities for financial profit. They work just like pyramid selling structures.

[Correspondent] No citizens of Kazakhstan have so far filed any complaints about activities of Grabovoy’s affiliate centre. It is still working quite legally. So the priests can only pray for the lost souls.


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Kazakh Channel 31 TV, via BBC Monitoring, Kazakhstan
Apr. 10 2006
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