Scientologists say Russia lifts publications ban

Associated Press/May 4, 2011

Moscow - The Church of Scientology says Russian authorities have lifted a ban on some of its publications.

A statement on the website of the organization's Russian branch says 29 books and lectures by the movement's founder L. Ron Hubbard were banned in late April after a court in the Siberian city of Surgut found them "extremist."

It said Tuesday that Russia's Justice Ministry has dropped the publications from its list of extremist literature.

Ministry officials refused immediate comment, but an online list of extremist literature does not mention Scientology materials Tuesday evening.

Scientology has struggled for acceptance in many European countries.

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