Remember the opening of the new Church of Scientology Russia some weeks ago? This was a leap forward to deliver all of Scientology in Russia! And something else happened today, something that Scientologists might call “negative gain” – an improvement from bad to not so bad ;) – namely that Ministry of Justice officials in Russia changed their mind about a major intrusion in Freedom of Speech. Not voluntarily though, it took several court cases to wake them up to the fact that letters don’t bite.
Says the Associated Press Moscow today: “The Church of Scientology says Russian authorities have lifted a ban on some of its publications. A statement on the website of the organization’s Russian branch says 29 books and lectures by the movement’s founder L. Ron Hubbard were banned in late April after a court in the Siberian city of Surgut found them “extremist.” It said Tuesday that Russia’s Justice Ministry has dropped the publications from its list of extremist literature. Ministry officials refused immediate comment, but an online list of extremist literature does not mention Scientology materials Tuesday evening.”