Russia takes action against Japanese religious group



The Investigation Committee of Russia opened a criminal case for illegal activity of the "Aum Shinrikyo" sect, which is prohibited in Russia. This was reported in a press release received at


"The chief investigative directorate of the Investigation Committee of the Russian federation opened a criminal case for creation of an association whose activity is linked with violence against citizens and other causes of harm to their health," the report says.


According to information of the investigation, no later than 2011 an association of followers of Aum Shinrikyo (Aleph branch) was created on the territory of Moscow and St. Petersburg "in the form of a religious group whose activity is accompanied by violence against citizens and other causes of harm to their health."


"The organizers of said association applied physical and psychological pressure on citizens so that they would make contributions and donate their property. In the period from 2012 to 2014 the illegal activity of the group of Aum Shinrikyo was conducted by means of the global telecommunications network Internet and by means of the collection of contributions. Meetings of participants of Aum Shinrikyo also were conducted on the territory of the indicated cities," the report of the agency said.


It was reported earlier that mass searches in homes of devotees of the Aum Shinrikyo sect were conducted in Moscow and St. Petersburg. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 April 2016)

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