Archpriest Father Konstantin Ivanchenko: Meeting with former Hubbard archivist and biographer Gerry Armstrong

Translation of a journal entry posted in Russian on May 19, 2011on the blog of Archpriest Father Konstantin Ivanchenko:
http://okonstantin.livejournal.com/17269.html

Meeting with former Hubbard archivist and biographer Gerry Armstrong

by Father Konstantin Ivanchenko
May 19, 2011  2:32 A.M.

Alexander Dvorkin invited Father Alexei Volkov and us to a meeting with Gerry Armstrong at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, where we are studying.

Gerry Armstrong is the former archivist of Ron Hubbard, the founder of the American totalitarian sect, the “Church of Scientology”.  At the end of 1981, he left the sect and devoted his life to aiding those who suffer from this organization.

The meeting was interesting, even though Alexander Dvorkin long ago described the key biographical details in his book “Sectarian Studies” and in his publications.  I won’t summarize the talk or the questions and answers here because this will probably be posted on the website of the St. Irenaeus of Lyons Centre, which also announced the meeting.  If a report doesn’t appear there in the coming week, I will try to write one.

[Omitted: 2 paragraphs in which the author says that, after the meeting, he found photos of the Moscow Scientology Centre and of John Travolta.]

On Sunday, we should have another meeting with Gerry Armstrong.


Gerry Armstrong speaking. Alexander Dvorkin provided translation.


The lecture hall was packed with people.

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