Scientology in Russia
Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia
In April 2007, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Russia for repeatedly refusing to consider the Moscow Church of Scientology's application for the status of a legally valid religious association. The court found that the reasons given to deny re-registration of the church by the justice department and endorsed by the Moscow courts had no legal basis.
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In July 2007, the St. Petersburg City Court ordered that the city's Scientology center be closed for violating its charter by engaging in unlicensed health care services. A court in Samara came to a similar decision in November 2008, closing down the activities of the local center for practicing without a license.
In September 2009, the European Court of Human Rights issued a binding ruling in favor of two Scientology branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk, which had been denied registration as "religious organizations." The two organizations were awarded 20,000 € in costs and damages. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, said that Russia could not ban the Church of Scientology simply because it did not have a long history in the country.
- Church of Scientology International Presentation on Religious Freedom in Russia
- ECHR, Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia, application no. 18147/02, 5 April 2007
- IOL, April 5, 2007
- Associated Press (2007-07-12). "Russian court shuts down Scientology center in St. Petersburg: prosecutors". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Staff (November 20, 2008). "Hubbard Center closed up in Samara". Interfax. www.interfax-religion.com. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- "Scientologists win rights case against Russia". Associated Press. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- Interfax (2009-12-11). "Суд закрыл Центр дианетики в Набережных Челнах". Interfax. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Church of Scientology International - Russia