THE LEADER OF RUSSIAN 'NARCONON' LEAVES SCIENTOLOGY Today, June, 26,
2001, Vladimir Ivanov - the leader of Russian 'Narkonon', the president of
scientological 'Foundation of Salvation of Children and Adolescents from
Drugs' and the foundation 'Drug-Free Russia', and the tireless aggressive
promoter of the Hubbardist organization - while speaking live on popular
radio 'Ekho Moskvy' , have unexpectedly announced that he had broken with
the Scientology organization. Mr. Ivanov spoke about Scientology as a
'criminal cult' which has nothing to do with religion and which
capitalizes cynically upon the sufferings and pain of other people.
Those were not the strongest expressions Mr. Ivanov used in relation to
Scientology. Ivanov said that he is no longer 'Satanist' and had asked
forgiveness from those numerous people whom he recruited into Scientology.
He had announced that from now on none of the organizations he heads, has
anything to do either to Scientology, or to 'Narconon'.
At the same time, Mr. Ivanov had expressed an idea that technology used in
'Narconon' can be used effectively outside of Scientology and 'Narconon'
itself. This announcement, while revealing that Mr. Ivanov had not fully
freed himself from the bonds of Hubbardism, places him in the category of
'squirrel' - thus Scientologists call people who "illegally" use Hubbardist
technology outside of the organization, and naturally, without paying
Today there appeared on the Russian site of 'Narconon' - www/narconon.ru -
among praises of Hubbard and Scientology and hysterically-vicious attacks
upon the critics of the cult - a following brief message:
'The Church of Scientology while pretending to be a religious non-profit
organization, in fact is an aggressive commercial organization, which
blatantly despises and violates human rights and the laws of the Russian
Federation. More info today on radio 'Ekho Moskvy' at 14:00 and on radio
'Govorit Moskva' at 16:35.'
No doubt that the departure from the cult one of the most visible, active,
notorious, and oldest members (even recently Vladimir Ivanov bragged the it
was he who first brought the ideas of Hubbard into Russia) is a first rate
sensation. Perhaps, Mr. Ivanov who several times unsuccessfully tried to be
elected to the legislative bodies, had finally understood that the
scientology membership will only hinder him in his political ambitions.
Perhaps also, he has al last realized that it is impossible to really fight
drugs from within and together with Scientology organization.
Only the time will show what are the true reasons of this sensational event
and how the whole situation will develop.