Russian court bans Scientology literature as 'extremist'

Associated Press/June 30, 2011

Moscow - A court in a Moscow suburb has banned works by the founder of the Church of Scientology.

The Prosecutor General's office said Thursday that the Schelkovo court ruled that "What is Scientology?" and other L. Ron Hubbard books "contain calls for extremist activities."

A court in the Siberian city of Surgut made a similar decision in April, but the Justice Ministry overturned its ruling.

Scientology officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The group says it has 10 million followers worldwide, but some European countries consider it a cult or sect.

Russia's dominant Orthodox Church has denounced Scientology as a "totalitarian sect."

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