16 November 2010, 13:10
Russian specialist denied attendance at European Parliament hearings on religious freedom in Russia
Brussels, November 16, Interfax - The organizers of the European Parliament hearings on religious freedom in Russia have not allowed President of the Russian Association of Centers for Religious and Sectarian Studies and prominent Orthodox authority in present-day religious sects Alexander Dvorkin to attend the hearings on Monday, the Russian specialist told Interfax.
"They were afraid to hear the truth about the activities of religious sects in Russia," Dvorkin said.
Vice President of the European Federation of Centers for Research and Information on Sectarianism (FECRIS) and Chairman of the Justice Ministry's Council of State Experts in Religious Studies, Dvorkin applied to attend the hearings of religious freedom in Russia and of alleged abuses of the law on extremism against religious minorities, set for November 15. The hearings were organized by member of the European Parliament Cornelis de Jong of the Netherlands and by head of the Human Rights Without Frontiers nongovernmental organization Willy Fautre of Belgium. Dvorkin was denied attendance because his application allegedly arrived too late, which was not true, however, according the Russian office at the European Union.
Dvorkin said that as a result of the organizers' technical error he received a copy of Fautre's letter, which describes him as an "odious fighter against sects," and which recommends that he be denied attendance. But the conference was attended by representatives of the United States, including representatives of organizations, funded by sects and lobbying their interests in Russia.
Dvorkin arrived at the European Parliament on November 15, hoping to settle the problem and to get in touch with Russian-speaking member Tatyana Zhdanok of Latvia. But he was denied access to the European Parliament building under the pretext that a pass could not be provided to him due to computer breakdown. Finally, Zhdanok's secretariat secured a pass for Dvorkin, which was given to him on the condition that he would visit Zhdanok's office, but categorically not attend the hearings, of which the organizers informed the Russian Orthodox Church's envoy to the EU.
"My participation in these hearings would have been very limited - just a couple of questions, at best. But even my two possible questions caused panic and hysteria among the organizers. This shows their totalitarian thinking on the one hand and the absence of professionalism on the other. They wanted to launch one more attack of criticism against Russia, using far-fetched 'facts' and situations. Only this way can I explain the absolutely inadequate and anti-democratic reaction from these 'fighters for human rights,' when they learned that their cozy get-together could be joined by a true specialist, who can refute their inventions, using facts," he said.
- Muslim sheep slaughter to be banned in Moscow during Eid al-Adha feast 01 October 2014, 10:08
- Two prosecuted following police van incident near Moscow mosque 30 September 2014, 16:10
- Seven female Islamists apprehended in Kyrgyzstan 30 September 2014, 12:50
- Parishioners of the Moscow Mosque of the Council of Mufti attacked the police bus 29 September 2014, 15:50
- Russia picks Zvyagintsev's Leviathan for Oscar 29 September 2014, 10:08
- Police raid St. Petersburg Scientology church as part of fraud probe 29 September 2014, 10:06
- Up to 50,000 militants fight for Islamic State - Patrushev 26 September 2014, 12:04
- Two jailed in Azerbaijan for plotting mosque bombing 26 September 2014, 11:49
- Ukrainian Army occupied a church in Donetsk and fires from it 26 September 2014, 10:20
- Putin praises Russian Jews' role in consolidating interfaith harmony 26 September 2014, 10:07
- Ban on gay propaganda among minors doesn't restrict sexual minorities' rights - Russian Constitutional Court 26 September 2014, 10:05
- Israel ready to extradite Russian priest Grozovsky - source (updated) 25 September 2014, 18:11
- Patriarch Kirill hopes to visit Latvia 25 September 2014, 15:40
- The Menorah memorial desecrated with swastika in Babiy Yar 25 September 2014, 14:49
- Patriarch Kirill denies being vehicle of Kremlin policy 25 September 2014, 09:57
- Dissenters take over Orthodox church in Rovno Region of Ukraine 24 September 2014, 14:35
- Over 20,000 Hasidics arrive in Uman to celebrate New Year 24 September 2014, 14:15
- Hasidic pilgrims not afraid of traveling to Ukraine - border guards 24 September 2014, 10:50
- Russian religious leaders send anniversary greetings to Interfax 23 September 2014, 15:04
- Israeli embassy in Russia confirms Grozovsky detention 22 September 2014, 12:45
- State sovereignty is more important than camembert and jamon, leader of Russia's Jewish community believes 22 September 2014, 10:17
- Moscow to host Quran intl recitation contest on September 20 19 September 2014, 15:14
- Cross set up in Belgrade to commemorate defenders of the city during the First World War 19 September 2014, 11:12
- Ukrainian Army shells Donetsk monastery 18 September 2014, 16:53
- Russia and Vatican to hold art exhibition on Biblical themes 18 September 2014, 10:10
- Sts Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow decorated with a Japanese symbol 18 September 2014, 10:01
- Released Lugansk priest claims pilot Savchenko suggested to divide them to organs 17 September 2014, 10:22
- Ukrainian bishop believes the country's authorities Satanic 16 September 2014, 12:15
- Two Hizb ut-Tahrir activists detained in Kyrgyzstan 16 September 2014, 11:42
- War against Islamic State promises benefit to Russia - religious expert 16 September 2014, 11:33