Gerry Armstrong from Canada responded to an article in “KS” about sects
11/26/2012 9:15:00 PM
Promising a successful life, the Scientologists manipulate the human consciousness, break the will, destroy the personality and turn a person into a helpless slave.
Having seen the text in English in my e-mail, I almost removed it, taking it as spam. But then I noticed the signature and realized that the letter was really addressed to me.
On the amazing fate of this man, I learned at an international conference in Salekhard, where they discussed how to confront dangerous cults. Gerry Armstrong said that for many years he was Scientology and even was the right hand of its founder, Ron Hubbard. Having access to secret documents, he learned that sectarians are deceiving people, and fled. Now he is being persecuted all over the world …
I was hooked on his phrase that Scientologists are everywhere and, perhaps, even in the hall where the conference is held. About what I found out, after studying the topic, it is written in “Have you gathered for training? Make sure it’s not a sect! “Gerry Armstrong read this article on our website while in Canada.
“Thank you for the article, which mentions my conversation in Salekhard. I posted the full text in English, “he writes in his letter. “I’m especially grateful to you for being somewhat” immersed in Scientology “in order to find out what I was talking about. The fact that a person looked at the problem differently as a result of my words, and then publicly expressed himself with his own judgments, is an excellent outcome of the conference. ”
Armstrong thanks the authorities of Yamal for the invitation and warm welcome in Salekhard. He writes that he often remembers the wonderful hotel “Yuribey”, a trip to the places of interest of the district capital, memorable Yamal souvenirs. He also notes the skill of the Yamal translators.
“I also know that the attack of Scientologists on the conference is that it allegedly was financed from the state budget, at the expense of taxpayers. They mean that I was paid for attending the conference. I can assure everyone that I did not receive a fee, I was not paid for what I said or did in your great country.
“Your efforts for a deeper understanding of Scientology and public discussion made the conference very valuable. Many people, even the governor Kobylkin, spent their time organizing it. I am also grateful for the trust and friendship of Archbishop Nicholas and representatives of all the clergy who contributed to the work of the conference. This will help to confront many dangerous cults.
“It was an honor for me to be invited to the Yamal land to talk about my experience and knowledge, and I will long remember the attention shown.
Gerry Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada »
Below is a Google translation of an article by Natalia Rybiakova and some comments published October 18, 2017 by Красный Север (“Red North”).1; 2 I made a couple of what I think are corrections of Google’s effort.
Also, “overwhelming personality” and “fair prey” are doubtlessly the Scientology concepts “Suppressive Person” and “fair game.” I’m unsure what “money is given to the shoes” means in the comments. Perhaps it’s a Russian idiom.
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Gathered for training? Make sure that this is not a sect!
Gathered for training? Make sure that this is not a sect!
They distribute their organizations throughout the Urals. Their victims are not only ordinary citizens, but also businessmen, officials, politicians. Once hitting the Scientologists, it’s almost impossible to leave.
As worshipers manipulate people’s minds and persecute those who choose to break with them, Gerald Armstrong is well aware. He spent more than twelve years in the sect. Becoming a personal archivist of the founder of Scientology Ron Hubbard, had access to secret documents and realized where he was. Trying to tell the truth, he ran into threats.
– I had to run. If I did not, I would be grabbed, locked up and silenced, which means that I could be killed. Because of what I learned and decided to talk about, Scientologists consider me to be the main enemy for almost thirty-six years.
All this time he is pursued by the adepts of the organization, because now he is for them “overwhelming personality” and “fair prey.” So according to the doctrine everyone is called who dared to speak out against them.
On the real dangers of Scientology, Armstrong told at the International Scientific and Practical Conference on sects and cults, which was held in Salekhard in the last days of September. According to him, their methods are from total espionage to grave crimes, such as kidnapping, keeping them in prisons and even killing.
OFFERING HELP, REPLACE IN THE TRAP
… When I listened to the story of Gerald Armstrong, it seemed to me that all this is far away and not about us. His statement that there are plenty of Scientologists around, and perhaps even in this room, caused a grin. But the more I plunged into the topic, the more I realized that I was not right.
In the Internet a huge number of sites, forums and literature, telling about the teachings of Hubbard. Allegedly, public organizations offer at first sight seemingly harmless courses to improve their lives, conduct business trainings and seminars on personal growth, organize English language courses, luring young people. The center “Dianetics” is actively working in Yekaterinburg, the churches of Scientology are open in Surgut, Chelyabinsk, Omsk. Throughout the Urals, Scientologists operate through public organizations and various LLCs that promise to cure drug addiction, organize schools of additional education and business education. Several sites actively recruit into the ranks of sectarians of the inhabitants of Tyumen. They act so skillfully and professionally that sometimes I even caught myself thinking that I’m beginning to doubt: what if this really is the way to success?
“My name is Demchenkov Vyacheslav, I’m a simple Scientologist from Ulyanovsk. And this page is made especially for the people of the glorious city of Tyumen, “a simple Ural guy tells Web users about the wonders of Scientology. “Help is possible, believe me! Surely your loved ones in Tyumen need it. Do you have something to help? “- echoes the preacher on another portal. But before you help, you will be asked to go through the “Oxford test of personality analysis.” Experts argue that this invention of Scientologists to psychology has nothing to do with it. The purpose of the test is to lure a person to the following paid classes. At the same sectarian “business training” courts of different countries have repeatedly recognized as fraudulent.
TYUMENTSEV “GIVE UP” FOR THE AUDITING
At the Tyumen sites of Dianetics – the main work of Hubbard, which is interpreted by his associates as a modern science of mental health and success, many “success stories”: about achievements in business, gaining happiness and incredible abilities after meeting with adepts. And in the rubric “health” you can find revelations about how blind people become sighted, people with disabilities get to their feet, and cancer patients can dissolve into incurably sick! Talking about the miraculous healing, one Sergei positively offers a meeting “with a professional auditor”, which will help solve problems, and even leaves his cell number.
Armstrong told me about the auditing process. This is a perverse “confession”, during which a kind of “lie detector” is used. Man under the influence of hypnosis tells everything about his life, down to intimate details. The auditor makes him look for the causes of failure, digging through his memory. All this is recorded on video, and then stored in the archives of the sect. One such session costs from ten to thirty thousand, and they need to go dozens, and sometimes hundreds of times. Manipulating the consciousness of a person, he is “placed” on auditing, as a drug.
– Scientology does not improve physical fitness and well-being. Most of her practices are disastrous for health, Armstrong says. “Scientologists do not live longer than others.” Stress from one presence in the higher circles of the organization, where in my time I was, worsens the physical, mental and spiritual well-being. My own health suffered. Even Hubbard was often sick in those years when I was beside him. There are many examples where Scientologists fell ill and died young, as they were denied medical treatment and used charlatan treatments instead.
As a result – crippled destinies, destroyed families, lost states, problems with the psyche …
REVELATIONS FROM THE INTERNET
We bring to your attention a few comments from the site Woman.ru. Spelling and punctuation of the authors are preserved.
∙ Please do not go on auditing !!!! This is stupid hypnosis, Ron Hubbard is a fantastic middle-aged writer who himself said that you need to create a religion in order to be rich and to rule with loaches!!! Familiar family is Scientology. Nothing of its own, the child’s application to the group writes, so that money is given to the shoes !!!!!!!!!! You will be brainwashed, that’s all! all tests for the need for auditing are counterfeit, even the most positive answers are written at the end – you are depressed, you need auditing! Think about it and never go there!
∙ My husband is engaged in Scientology, the roof is riding full-sits every night with an e-meter. In real life, nothing is clear. The psycho is over. On the first wife conducted experiments brought to a psychiatric hospital, I refused to be his guinea pig, I do not know can found on the side. Do not sleep at night and does not give us. Draw conclusions
∙ People please do not even think about reading this literature!!! I lived 25 years in the neighborhood with the “leader” of one of these gangs. tell all the horrors about this family, and how this woman ruined her whole life for herself and her loved ones, how she left without property and sacrificed everything-even the toys of children-to go through the cleansing programs I will not. it’s very very long! I want to say and warn you – run away from there! Relieve relatives for this sect!
He’s right. We were in the hall. Some of us chuckled for disguise.
Dear author, what kind of nonsense did you write here? You have been paid an article, so you would at least try a little. And then something so frankly garbage some scribbled.
At us catastrophic scales reached the activity of the “Parents of the Urals for a world without crime, violence and drugs” Scientology sect. Who even thought of letting people in with people who do not have the necessary qualifications, but who have an extremely dubious reputation. The first word that will drop out, if you enter the name of the organization in the search bar on the Internet, is Scientology. Where is the guarantee that the lecture “drugs is bad, crimes are bad,” will not end. “Hubbard is good, Scientology is good, The road to happiness is your favorite book.” People who have been entrusted to life and health (including spiritual) of our children, think about what your negligence and connivance can lead to.
- Original article:
- My response to this article: http://gerryarmstrong.ca/response-to-krasnyy-sever-article/ ↩
Crusade against totalitarian sects announced on Sakhalin
More than 20 experts from six countries convene on the island 1
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, October 20, SakhalinMedia. A press conference was held today to inform journalists about the main themes of the upcoming international workshop conference on the struggle against totalitarian sects.
The meeting with journalists took place at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Kuril diocese outreach center on the eve of the international workshop conference titled “Totalitarian Sects and civil society: Current challenges of spiritual security.”
Alexander Dvorkin, president of the Russian Association of Centers for the Study of Religions and Sects and chairman of the Expert Council on Religion for the Russian Ministry of Justice, said that Sakhalin is the most problematic region in Russia in terms of totalitarian sects. In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk alone, there are 6 Orthodox churches plus 17 places of worship occupied by sects.
“Sects deprive a person of the right to choose. Our task is to convey to the people all the hidden information about their activities so that the people of Sakhalin can make informed choices in matters of faith,” said Alexander Dvorkin.
According to Roman Silantyev, executive director of the Human Rights Center of the World Russian People’s Council, Slavic persons from Russia’s Far East have begun to appear among the ranks of Islamic terrorists.. As a specialist in the study of radical Islamic organizations, he says that intervention is needed to prevent this.
Gerald Armstrong (from Canada), former personal archivist to Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, said that this cult is an invention of the Americans. He is convinced that there is complicity between the government of the United States and Scientology. The Russian Orthodox Church, he said, is one of the few groups fighting against this phenomenon.
Lawyer Alexander Korelov said that the results of the upcoming conference are of great importance in the struggle against totalitarian sects.
Vladimir Rogatin, director of “Dialog,” the Nikolaevsk Center for the Protection of the Family and the Individual, spoke about the of sects in events in Ukraine.
“Totalitarian Sects and civil society: Current challenges of spiritual security” will be held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on October 21-22.
- Translated from Russian. Source: http://sakhalinmedia.ru/news/island/20.10.2014/394784/krestoviy-pohod-protiv-totalitarnih-sekt-ob-yavili-na-sahaline.html ↩
September 13, 2013
Darya Moskovtseva reports.
A forum in Podolsk today has brought together human rights activists concerned about an issue that many consider a legacy of the late 1990s.
What is a cult? And how to counter this phenomenon? To discuss this problem and ways to fight it, participants from youth and social organizations have gathered here.
The forum’s participants simulated situations in which some played cult members trying to recruit other participants and coax them into giving away this play money that each of us received at the entrance.
The greatest surge in the spread of cults in Russia occurred in the 1990s when spiritual hucksters performed water incantations on television, went around to people’s apartments, and filled stadiums. Though such conspicuous activities are not visible today, they have not disappeared. In Russia alone, the adherents of destructive cults number more than a million. Cults have changed their look and form, but they have not ceased to exist.
Alexander Karelov, Lawyer:
Today’s legislation is fashioned in such a way that shutting down a religious organization is quite complicated. It requires very solid grounds to do so. The forum’s special guest, Gerry Armstrong, is a man whose example both fortunately and unfortunately, as he himself says, serves as a warning to others.
He was personal archivist to the founder of one of the most powerful cults in the world. He revealed that the founder’s biography was full of lies and became disillusioned with his teachings. His mission today is to tell everyone how to avoid falling for spiritual impostors and what to do if this does happen.
I got in really because of the promises they made. And they promise to increase intelligence. They promise to give you superhuman abilities. They promise to make you a better person. And they promise that they are the most ethical organization on the planet and the world’s only hope.
Nikolai Lavrentyev knows first-hand about the detrimental effects of destructive movements. Nikolai’s wife joined the same cult from which Armstrong broke away with so much difficulty. She was looking for a job and became enthralled with the cult’s teachings — occult knowledge, an ancient secret that would help her become more successful and receive everything she wishes for. Many people have fallen into this trap.
They begin to think — this is what they’re told — that they’re receiving privileged information, hidden secrets. And everything unfolds in a way that leads them to conclude they’re superior to others.
A key danger of cults like the one that altered the lives of these witnesses is that they masquerade as ordinary training programs for personal growth, without any theological basis, just personal development and, of course, they require investing money for personal spiritual growth. The higher the degree of initiation reached by cult adherents, the thinner their wallets. For the sake of graduating to higher spiritual levels, some people spend a fortune.
Alexander Dvorkin, Expert on cults:
If they demand that you make a decision immediately, without delay, because later will be too late, this means they simply don’t want to share information with you. Because a trustworthy organization provides full information up front. Then the person can think it over and make a choice. If you must make up your mind now because later is always too late, it means they’re sure that, if you have more information, there’s no way you’ll go there.
Cults are powerful businesses that rake in millions of dollars a year. The psychological methods that cults use range from neurolinguistic programming and hypnosis to blackmail and threats of exposure. Many persons entrust spiritual teachers with the most intimate information about themselves.
By cleverly replacing valid propositions with misleading ones, cults manipulate the mind. For example, at first they say: “Never abandon a friend in need.” This sounds perfectly acceptable. Now consider this statement: “Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.” Who can say which cause is just? But people who can initially be convinced to agree on a few obvious facts can easily accept on faith later statements that contain a destructive mechanism.
Critical thinking and an adequate understanding of the various types of information are the only way to protect yourself and your loved ones and to help persons who may be in the very early stages of involvement in dangerous organizations.
Darya Moskovtseva, Roman Nikiforov Podmoskovye News
Read about Gerry Armstrong on Wikipedia
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Интересные вещи происходят в последнее время в российском сектоведении. На днях, в Москве побывал Джеральд Армстронг. Личность в определенных кругах очень известная, если не легендарная. Но чтобы понять, кто это и почему так важен его визит, следует начать совсем не с него, а с учения о дианетике и саентологии, Лафайета Рональда Хаббарда, и того, почему культ саентологии в таких справочниках, как «Религии и секты в современной России» Новосибирского апологетического центра и «Сектоведение. Тоталитарные секты» А. Л. Дворкина обозначен, как тоталитарно-деструктивная секта.
Translation of this article follows.
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.
In the 1990s, Russia became a “field of experimentation” for Scientologists. They conducted experiments on children affected by the Chernobyl accident (documentary film: Svoboda ot sovesti [“Freedom of Conscience”]). They conducted experiments in business with lethal results at the Moscow ventilator factory. At one time, even Sergei Kiriyenko was recruited into Scientology, and we shall tactfully pass over in silence a great number of Russian regional officials.
Up to the 1990s, Scientology was also a problem for authorities in the U.S., who waged a campaign against it. It is true that this campaign ended, in actual fact, in victory for Scientology, with full legal recognition as a religious community, this despite the fact that cult’s founder, the late Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, once said: “If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.” In other words, even the father/founder of Scientology understood very well how much his “religion” had to do with religion.
In Russia, there is now a complete network of Scientology centers. They are not as actively involved in the social and political life of the country as during the “dashing nineties”, but, nevertheless, the public has has no insurance against getting caught up with this sect and parting with a substantial amount of money and property in the name of total personal progress.
This is precisely why the visit of Gerald Armstrong and his public appearances in the media are so important. It’s because Armstrong rose through the ranks of the Scientology cult to the post of legal officer for the organization, so he witnessed from the inside how everything happens. He left several years later, after he realized that Scientology is a totalitarian sect.
Armstrong has already given an interview about his life in the cult to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. Information has it that a detailed interview with him will air on VGTRK [All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company] early this summer. In principle, everything about him should appear in the Yandex search engine for anyone who wishes to look him up, but I would like to draw attention to one interesting feature of “American democracy”. In an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Mr. Armstrong said, among other things, that “The RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) is a Scientology prison … It was created in 1974. People are sent there if, for example, the movement’s leaders think people aren’t working as hard as they should. Or for some other arbitrary reason. When I was there, a man was punished simply because of a smell that Hubbard didn’t like. The duration of the sentences is not specified and the ‘convicts’ get only a quarter of their salary. When they move about, they always have to run. They are fed leftovers. They are not allowed to talk, except to answer questions … The purpose of this ‘gulag’ is to break a person’s will. Moreover, for repeated violation of rules, there is an even more brutal prison, the ‘RPF’s RPF’, where a person is generally kept under 24-hour surveillance.
“… a U.S. court even decided last year that Scientologists have the right to hold people captive, to track them down and to forcibly bring them back and lock them up, because this is based on doctrine.”
This is what happens when democracy and the rights of religious minorities are implemented in a liberal manner. If we believe the words of Gerald Armstrong, one year has already passed since the U.S. permitted religious concentration camps. It seems to me that, even if we have “an insufficient level of democracy”, taking it to that level would make it possible to democratize everything, even complete “Hitlerization” or “Hubbardization”, whichever is deemed more practical.