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Scientologists say Russia has lifted 'extremist literature' ban

Some writings by the movement’s founder, science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, were banned in late April after a Siberian court found them to be “extremist literature.”

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THE CHURCH OF Scientology says Russian authorities have lifted a ban on some of its publications.

A statement on the website of the organisation’s Russian branch says 29 books and lectures by the movement’s founder, science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, were banned in late April after a court in the Siberian city of Surgut found them “extremist.”

Today, it said 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.

Scientology has struggled for acceptance in many countries, with some critics condemning the movement as a dangerous cult.

- AP

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