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Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby Benny's Friend » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:49 am

Kazakh prosecutors seeking liquidation of Scientology Church in Karaganda

http://www.interfax.com/3/468595/news.aspx

ASTANA. Feb 3 (Interfax) - The Karaganda Special Inter-District
Economic Court in Kazakhstan is hearing a suit by the prosecution
authorities seeking the liquidation of the religious group called the
Scientology Church of the City of Karaganda.

The prosecution authorities believe the church's activity "runs
counter to principles of national security of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, as it is aimed at undermining Kazakh nation's health through
inflicting harm on people's psychic and physical health," the Kazakh
Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement posted on its website.

"The scientologists have been using elements of medical
technologies amending people's conscience. This activity has been
pursued by people having no medical education outside medical
institutions," it said.

In addition, the church's activity did not meet its charter
provisions, it said.


Thank you, my Russian brothers and sisters. Please inform the U.S. government of your discoveries regarding this dangerous institution. We seem to be running a bit behind the times over here.
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Postby An0nand0n » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:27 pm

Huge Success! In glorious country of Khazakstan it well known scientology is huge pain in the assholes. Scientology use aliens to make medicine, why they not use pubis like normal people? Healing power of Khazak pubis greatest in world. We export 300 tons last year. Glory to Khazakstan, death to cult!

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I knew that Borat wouldn't fall for that crap.

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Postby SomebodyElse » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:21 pm

A followup fresh from the presses

"Kazakh court bans scientology organization in Karaganda region"

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5711

Karaganda, February 16, Interfax - The Economic Inter-District Court of Karaganda, the administrative center of the Karaganda region in Kazakhstan, has banned the Church of Scientology in the Karaganda region.

"The court ordered the liquidation of the Church of Scientology organization due to illegal entrepreneurship and profit-making. The court ruled to create a special commission to deal with the liquidation procedure," says the verdict read by Judge Zhaksylyk Baymoldin, an Interfax correspondent reports.

Upon studying the investigation materials, the court ruled to fully satisfy the prosecution's request to ban scientologist activities in the region and rejected a counter-lawsuit filed by the plaintiff, the judge said.

The materials collected during an audit of the Church of Scientology's activity in the Karaganda region included accounting documents and price lists for commercial services rendered by this organization.

The audit revealed that the Church of Scientology had earned about 30 million tenge in recent years (more than $200 thousand).

Meanwhile, the scientologists said they intend to appeal the verdict.

"We will not put up with attempts to violate our right to the freedom of religion in Kazakhstan," President of the Karaganda-based Church of Scientology Vadim Vitushkin said in a statement.
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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby mnql1 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:44 pm

Two persons have been put on trial in Karaganda, Kazakhstan for continuing to operate a Scientology organization that, as mentioned in an earlier post in this thread, was dissolved by a Feb. 16, 2009 court decision.

Translation of a notice posted in Russian on April 21, 2011 on the website of the Karaganda district court of Kazakhstan:

http://www.krgoblsot.kz/iz_zala_suda/spetsializirovannyy_mezhrayonnyy_administrativnyy_sud_g.karagandy_12_ru.html

Specialized Interdistrict Administrative Court of Karaganda

April 21, 2011

Proceedings commenced on April 11, 2011 in an administrative case brought before the court against Z.S. Amirova under Article 374-1, Part 1 of the Kazakhstan Code of Administrative Offenses and V.V. Vitushkin under Article 374-1, Part 2, for leadership and participation in the activity of public and religious associations that have not been registered in accordance with the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as financing their activity.

Based on the protocols regarding administrative violations, it is charged that, at 10/2 Yerzhanova Street in the city of Karaganda, the illegal religious organization "Church of Scientology” “Dianetics" continues to operate, though it was shut down by a February 16, 2009 decision of the Specialized Interdistrict Economic Court of Karaganda. This religious association operates under the guise of a sole proprietorship registered to Z.S. Amirova and it carries out its illegal activities to disseminate the ideas of Scientology and to perform Scientology rites on a fee-paid basis. The head of this illegal religious organization is V.V. Vitushkin.

The hearing in this case has been continued to May 3, 2011 at 10 A.M.

This notice is the basis for several April 21, 2011 media reports in Kazakhstan, for example (in Russian):

http://vesti.kz/society/83305/
http://inform.kz/rus/article/2373240
http://news.gazeta.kz/art.asp?aid=339494

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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby sekh » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:16 am

I love Kazakhstan! No more celebrations of the president's birthday in Camelot Castle, I presume? :wink:

John and Irina Mappin must have been pulling their hairs out reading this. ROFLMHO.
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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby mnql1 » Tue May 10, 2011 5:50 am

Translation of a Russian article posted on May 4, 2011 on the website of the vesti.kz news agency of Kazakhstan:
http://vesti.kz/society/84430/
Leader of prohibited “Church of Scientology” fined in Karaganda

May 4, 2011
vesti.kz

In Karaganda, the leader of the prohibited “Church of Scientology and Dianetics” has been fined. This was announced by the chairman of the Karaganda inter-district administrative court, Malik Zharkynbekov.

Vadim Vitushkin, leader of the "Church of Scientology and Dianetics” religious association, was on trial for leadership of an unregistered religious organization and for the financing of its activities. He did not recognize his guilt. Vitushkin tried to convince the judge that he worked at the “Amirova” sole proprietorship and was selling books about Scientology and Dianetics, but not preaching the ideas of the prohibited religion.

A fine was also leveled against businesswoman Zarina Amirova, who provided the premises for the illegal church. She was tried together with the leader of the “Church of Scientology and Dianetics”, Vadim Vitushkin. However, witnesses disproved the version given by the defendants.

As the Tengrinews.kz correspondent reported, witness Kadirkhan Dilmakhambetov explained to the administrative court that, in November 2010, he arrived in Karaganda to learn about the philosophy of Scientology. Here he went through training based on a book by L. Ron Hubbard entitled Personal values and integrity. The witness said that the course cost seven thousand tenge (48 dollars) and was taught by Vitushkin.

The court found the leader of the church and the businesswoman guilty of participation in the activity of an illegal religious organization. Vadim Vitushkin was fined 100 MCI or 151,200 tenge (1,040 dollars). Zarina Amirova was fined 50 MCI or 75,600 tenge (520 dollars).

The "Church of Scientology and Dianetics" religious organization was dissolved by a February 16, 2009 decision of Economic Court of Karaganda. It is now considered to be prohibited.

The head of the “Church of Scientology and Dianetics” went on trial on April 21 in Karaganda. According to the investigation, "Dianetics" operated under the guise of a sole proprietorship and carried out its illegal activities to disseminate the ideas of Scientology and to perform Scientology rites for money under Vitushkin’s direction.

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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby Sentinel » Tue May 24, 2011 11:08 am

Great and glorious! :D
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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby mnql1 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:22 pm

Church of Scientology fails to obtain registration in Kazakhstan (1/2)
(in Russian with English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKbHiiKQ6yw

KTK television news report, November 15, 2012 (in Russian)
http://www.ktk.kz/ru/news/video/2012/11/15/19933

Transcript of the video subtitles:

News anchorwoman: The Church of Scientology in Kazakhstan and hundreds of its followers now find themselves outside the law. The disciples of L. Ron Hubbard failed to secure re-registration, so this nominally religious association must wind down its activities in Kazakhstan.

News anchorman: The "black list" of the Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs now also includes a number of other similar organizations. Yevgeniya Bodrova reports.

Reporter (Yevgeniya Bodrova): New branches of the Church of Scientology are always opened with great fanfare. Its members are fond of staging all kinds of activities that attract attention. In Kazakhstan, all of this is now illegal. Scientologists are prohibited from conducting services and calling their association religious.

Marat Azilkhanov, Deputy chairman, Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs The religious experts who conducted the analysis concluded that this organization is not religious. In other words, it is not recognized as a religion.

Reporter: Experts found that what Scientologists do is anything but religious. The main goal of those who follow the teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard is to sell as many books, services, and tickets to seminars as possible. Mr. Hubbard is even credited with the famous quote: "If you want to get rich, invent a new religion."

Yulia Denisenko, President, Association of Help Centers for Victims of Destructive Religious Movements (in Astana): This is a plain marketing scheme. The focus is on selling a product, the sessions for the so-called "clearing" of "engrams" that are recorded in your head. Without these sessions, you cannot attain salvation, and the world will perish in a horrible catastrophe.

Reporter: Meanwhile, the number of Hubbard's followers is growing worldwide, but so is the number of people who suffer because of his teachings. Victims speak of persons being literally turned into zombies. An Almaty woman, Nataliya, tried to pull her son out of this pseudo-church, but she was physically attacked.

Nataliya, Mother of a member of the Church of Scientology: Two girls accompanied my son and brought him before me. My very own son didn't recognize me. I was shocked. He had glassy eyes. I was so upset that I sprang forward and slapped him in the face. That's when it started. There were five men in the room. They all rushed at me, one kicked me, one pulled my hair, ...

Reporter: The Scientologists categorically disagree with the state agency's decision and insist that they must be allowed to continue their so-called missionary work.

Anastasia Minaeva, Director of Official Affairs, Church of Scientology of Almaty: We have no intention to close. We intend to continue our activity as a religious association. There are people who practice Scientology, many of them. By all means, they want to continue to practice Scientology together.

Reporter: But even after being denied re-registration, Scientologists still have a way to fully legally continue to operate in Kazakhstan, for example, by calling themselves a social organization instead of a religious one. The church already has many entities with this status in various regions.

When re-registration ended, the number of religious institutions in Kazakhstan had dropped by a third. The procedure applied to both traditional religious groups and non-traditional ones. Those that are funded from outside the country will now be especially carefully monitored and required to report all foreign income to taxation authorities.

Yevgeniya Bodrova, Mikhail Korchevsky, Nurbolat Kulmanov, Capital Bureau,KTK
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Re: Kazakhstan Sees the Con

Postby mnql1 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:23 pm

Church of Scientology fails to obtain registration in Kazakhstan (2/2)
(in Russian with English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iPfR9GsZTs

Almaty TV news report, November 15, 2012 (in Russian)
http://www.almaty.tv/?uin=1140584522&chapter=1352968475

Transcript of the video subtitles:

Reporter (Meruert Shakenova): In Almaty, two organizations of Scientologists have both failed to obtain registration. Specialists from the Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs spoke about this today. An analysis of organizational documents was conducted by independent experts on religion.

Marat Azilkhanov, Deputy chairman, Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs: The religious experts who conducted the analysis concluded that this organization is not religious. It is a purely commercial organization.

Reporter: The second forum of religious scholars was held today, and the first results of the countrywide re-registration process were made public. At the beginning of 2011, Kazakhstan had 4,500 religious associations, but after the re-registration process ended on October 25, 2012, the number was down to 3,000.

Kairat Lama Sharif, Chairman, Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs: On the basis of the experts' work, a new classification of religious associations has been put forward. Whereas there previously were 46 religious denominations in Kazakhstan, there are now 17.

Reporter: Agency officials say that, since the end of the re-registration process, there have not been any complaints from religious associations. On the contrary, all of the major denominations in Kazakhstan have expressed support for the reform.

Bishop Gennady, Chancellor, Orthodox Church of Kazakhstan: It is a requirement of society to maintain order and to protect our citizens, especially our youth and our children, against unscrupulous preachers of extremism or even terrorism in the guise of religion.

Reporter: But to make sure that the words "religion" and "extremism" never again appear together, much more work remains to be done. The participants at the forum talked about this. Former member of parliament Murat Abenov, the newly appointed Vice Minister of Education, proposed a gradual retraining for educators who teach about religion, with a mandatory certification procedure.
The speeches given by the experts indicate that schools and colleges will, in the near future, introduce a new religious studies course that is compulsory, not optional, as it was before. Issues related to the Internet were also discussed.

Zarema Shaukenova, Director, Institute of Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies: The practice of closing terrorist websites in Kazakhstan as an emergency measure overlooks the need for alternative websites that deal with social issues and are tailored for target groups of active Internet users, from teenagers to senior citizens.

Reporter: Financial transparency did not go unmentioned either. All religious organizations in Kazakhstan are required to report money received from outside the country, as was announced by Kairat Lama Sharif. Special attention will be given to this issue in the near future.

Meruert Shakenova, Baurzhan Kazhakanov, Telekanal Almaty, Astana


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