Moscow orders banning of Scientology in ongoing dispute, church vows to appeal - 2015-11-23
We asked our man in Europe, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen, to make some sense of the news coming out of Russia today, where the government has repeatedly tried to ban or dissolve Scientology. But if anything, Scientology is dying less slowly in Russia than it is arguably anywhere in the world, and the government's tactics may have something to do with it. What's the latest, Jonny?
A Moscow city court on Monday banned Scientology's centre in the capital, granting a request from the justice ministry. A statement at the ministry's website said officials had acted after "gross and repeated violation" of federal laws.
Scientology has already announced it will appeal the decision to the Federal Supreme Court, the Ria Novosti news agency reported later Monday.