Scientology Media: European Court of Human Rights slams Russia in Scientology case

October 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm (Church of Scientology, Human Rights, recognition, Religion, religious recognition, Scientology) (, , , )

Russia’s ban on the Church of Scientology is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday in a binding ruling.

The court said Russia cannot ban the Church of Scientology just because it has not been in the country for long and awarded each of the groups euro5,000 ($7,270) in damages. The groups together also received euro10,000 ($14,500) for costs, which they shared.

The case was brought to the Strasbourg-based court by two Russian Scientology branches that were refused listing as “religious organizations” because they have not existed for at least 15 years as required by Russia’s Religions Act.  (Source: Associated Press)


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