Scientology Banned In Bashkortostan

UFA. March 10 (Interfax) – The Supreme Court of Bashkortostan has banned the Dianetics Center, which professes Scientology.

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The ban was imposed following hearings in a suit filed by the republic prosecutor’s office, which said the organization had no license to engage in educational or medical activities, Judge Valentina Kurkalova told Interfax on Wednesday.

The prosecutors argued that the Scientology, as practiced in Bashkortostan, “has a negative impact on its students’ mental health and is a heath hazard.”

They also said the organization violated the Russian Constitution, as well as laws on the protection of public health. Experts of Ufa’s psychiatric clinic said the methods practiced at the Dianetics Center negatively affect its students.

Kurkalova noted that the ruling has not been enforced, as the defendant has the right to file an appeal with the Supreme Court within four months.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bashkortostan reported that the more than 2,000 people have undergone training at the Dianetics Center since it was established in 1994.

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Ma. 10, 2004

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