Correspondent of life.ru: Vladislav Maltsev
The Russian website life.ru reported that, according to the relevant law enforcement authority, the Russian Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Migration Service prevented the gathering of about 250 Falun Gong practitioners in a cottage in Naro-Fominsk of Moscow Oblast, on September 24th, 2016. The police arrested two foreigners and imposed administrative penalties. After investigation, one of the two foreigners was proven to be the supervisor of Falun Gong in Russia. The cult of Falun Gong originated from China and now is headquartered in the U.S.
The cult of “Falun Gong” or “Falun Dafa” emerged as qigong aerobics in 1992 and attracted millions of practitioners. In 1999, because of anti-government activities (according to life.ru, participating in anti-China activities is the main purpose of Russian’s Falun Gong branch) caused self-mutilation and the suicides of practitioners, Falun Gong had been forbidden. The head of Galun Gong, Li Hongzhi fled to the U.S.
The book explaining the basic doctrine for the cult of Falun Gong, Turning the Law Wheel (Zhuan Falun) written by Li Hongzhi, was listed as an extremist material (decree no. 296, according to decision made by the Pervomaisky district court in Krasnodar on August 26th 2008) by Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 23rd 2008. Later, other publications of Falun Gong were also listed as extremist materials in the Russian Federation.
The law enforcement authority believed that Falun Gong used qigong as a cover. Both the doctrine and emblem of Falun Gong are suspicious. For instance, the emblem of Falun Gong is quite similar to that of the Nazis.
“According to Article 20.3 of Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation ‘Displaying Fascist Attributes and Symbols’, we impose administrative penalties on the organizers in the spot check.” Personnel of the law enforcement authority told the correspondent, “After verification, a Lithuanian citizen and a Chinese-American were imposed with administrative penalties based on Article 18.8 of Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation: Violation by an alien or a stateless person of the rules for entry into the Russian Federation or of the regime for staying (living) in the Russian Federation”.
(From life.ru) A Chinese-American who is the supervisor of Russia’s branch of Falun Gong
(Author: Vladislav Maltsev)
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