Scientology declared legal in Russia by EU Court

Look at that. Russia manages to effectively ban ROAC but people who think imprisonment of dissidents and felonies, and misuse of the law, make up a decent religion— survive to shove their religion down Russia’s collective throat, thanks to the courts. Actually, now that I think about it, that actually makes sense, all things considered. Just one oligarchy doing the enabling over the other. NFTU

(nytimes/AP) Russia’s ban on the Church of Scientology is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday in a binding ruling. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, ended a case brought by two Russian Scientology branches that were refused listing as “religious organizations” because they had not existed for at least 15 years. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, said Russia could not ban the Church of Scientology only because it had not been in the country for long, and awarded the groups a total of nearly $30,000 in damages and costs.