Yekaterinburg Orthodox Believers To Protest Against Unconventional
Daily News Bulletin
July 9, 2002
YEKATERINBURG. July 8 (Interfax) - On Saturday, Orthodox believers in Yekaterinburg are expected to hold a rally protesting against the activities of unconventional religious organizations.
Father Vladimir [Zaitsev], head of the Yekaterinburg diocese's missionary department, told Interfax that Orthodox believers intend to picket the Kosmos movie theater, where scientologists will celebrate the birthday of the organization's founder Ron Hubbard.
The demonstrators would like to give a clear picture to people about the nature of Scientology and its dangers, Zaitsev noted. In order to achieve this goal, officials of the diocese's missionary department have made leaflets and posters featuring exposing slogans.
The diocese said that the city is home to several thousand scientologists. "This organization is extremely dangerous to society. Scientologists read books written by L. Ron Hubbard, and try to imitate him in everything. Hubbard himself is known as a Satanist, a paranoiac and a drug abuser," Zaitsev said.
He noted that in Yekaterinburg, scientologists act under the guise of a number of organizations, including the Urals Dianetics center, the Studen school, a public youth union and the Narkonon rehabilitation center for drug addicts.