US Government 'adopts' Russian Scientologist in religious rights protest - 2018-09-28

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F347.png US Government 'adopts' Russian Scientologist in religious rights protest September 28, 2018, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

On June 5, 2017, agents of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) made one of numerous raids it has carried out on Scientology facilities. This one took place at the St. Petersburg org, and it resulted in the arrest of five Scientologists who were working there.

One of them was a man named Ivan Matsitsky, whom Russian press accounts have described as the org's "leader," which is not a Scientology title. (Scientology's own website doesn't list a title for Matsitsky, but says he's been involved in Scientology since 1994.)

More than a year later, Matsitsky and the org's chief accountant, Sahib Aliyev, are still in pre-trial custody, while the other three, including the org's 64-year-old executive director, Galina Shurinova, were allowed to go home on house arrest.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = US Government 'adopts' Russian Scientologist in religious rights protest | url = https://tonyortega.org/2018/09/28/us-government-adopts-russian-scientologist-in-religious-rights-protest/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = September 28, 2018 | accessdate = September 28, 2018 }}