Russia: Scientology Ban Is Ruled Illegal - 2009-10-01

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F37.png Russia: Scientology Ban Is Ruled Illegal October 1, 2009, AP, New York Times

Russia's ban on the Church of Scientology is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday in a binding ruling. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, ended a case brought by two Russian Scientology branches that were refused listing as "religious organizations" because they had not existed for at least 15 years. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, said Russia could not ban the Church of Scientology only because it had not been in the country for long, and awarded the groups a total of nearly $30,000 in damages and costs.


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