Translation of a Russian article posted on June 4, 2011 on the website of Russkiy obozrevatel’: http://www.rus-obr.ru/blog/11380
Scientology and the “Democratic GULAG”
by Alexander Chaussov
June 4, 2011
Interesting things have been happening lately concerning cults in Russia. Gerald Armstrong recently visited Moscow. He is very well known, if not a legend, in certain circles. However, to understand who he is and why his visit is so important, we must begin not with him, but with the teachings of Dianetics and Scientology, with Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, and why the Scientology cult is called a totalitarian and destructive sect on reference websites such as “Religions and Sects in Russia Today” by the Novosibirsk Center for Apologetics Research and Alexander L. Dvorkin’s “Sectarian Studies: Totalitarian Sects”.
The Scientology cult has been operating in Russia since the 1990s. It is essentially a network of ramified organizations which offer techniques to become no more, no less than a superhuman, or an “Operating Thetan” (OT). Of course, this is not for free. According to reference materials published by the St. Irenaeus of Lyon Center, the method for becoming a superman devised by Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) is based on telling the organization every detail about oneself, even the most intimate ones. A closer look at the information on “Sectarian Studies: Totalitarian Sects” shows that the cult has its own intelligence gathering structures and that the goal of this organization is money and power. Moreover, this power should preferably be worldwide and total.