Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Buying A Town (Season 3, Episode 9)
MR: I was on board the Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard from 1973 until 1975. The ship had been thrown out of various countries. He tried to bring the Apollo to the United States in 1974. And he discovered that the FBI, IRS, DEA and various other government agencies were waiting on the dock. For the next year or so, we sailed around in ports in the Caribbean.
Hubbard at one point had a heart attack in Curacao. The treatment wasn’t the like advanced medical ah treatment available and he decided, okay the time has come to move the operations to the United States.1
Scientology Cult Shut Down Over Shady Land-Grabbing Black Ops in Moscow
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Transcript: English sub captions.
Reporter: An influential cult. In the Moscow office of the Marins Union Group the police conducted searches investigating theft of land in Moscow Oblast.
The group has a sketchy reputation: it has close ties to Scientologists.
Varvara Nevskyaya with the details.
This Wednesday, Marins Group was searched by the Investigative Committee.
Both offices and private residences of the top-management have been searched.
But the Group had become infamous long before it drew the attention of the police.
Marins Group was founded in 1995.
Its scope of work is stunningly diverse. How can a single enterprise build high-rise houses, manage hotels, own medical centers, and film movies?
But that’s not everything worth knowing about this mysterious group.
Alexander Dvorkin, Center for the study of religions and sects: “Back when they were in Nizhny Novgorod and called themselves “Zemlyane,” the local medica revealed their close ties with Scientologists.
They are using the methodology of Hubbard, the founder of Scientology to run their business and to force their employees to take part in dianetic seminars.”
However, Scientological teachings couldn’t protect the company from an investigation team showing up in their head office in the north of Moscow.
The Group has allegedly stolen some public and municipal land in Moscow Oblast.
It’s known that the Group owns large territories in Moscow, Volga region, Krasnodar Krai, and Crimea. The company also owns a hotel chain that frequently hosts Scientology seminars as well as other pseudo-religious meetings.
Igor Ivanishko, Ministry of Justice: “The name of the organization has Scientological aspects. The founder of the cult created a marine organization. It was an elite organization that created the basic principles of Scientology. When Alexander Kulikov created Marins Union Group, he chose a name that reflected that Scientological elitism meaning the Marins Union Group is a major front-line organization that’s run according to the principles of Scientology.”
Alexander Kulikov, the founder and former CEO of Marins.
It’s a known fact that he joined the ranks of Scientologists in the early 90s by visiting specialized and then studying in the US Scientology center for 11 months.
It was Kulikov who made his employees visit all the Scientology seminars, read special literature, and go through “auditing,” a mandatory procedure in Scientology when a drugged person shares personal incriminating information in front of the camera.
The information is stored in the local Scientology cells with a copy sent directly to the main office in Los Angeles.
Kulikov died in a helicopter crash in 2016.
However, the company’s structure and ideology remained the same.
Igor Ivanishko: “Unfortunately we can’t say something’s changed. Its activities are based on the principles of Scientology that ar illegal in the majority of countries. In Russia, certain Scientological literature is considered to be extremist. And unfortunately, the situation’s developing in the same direction.”
Then why do such organizations as Marins still exist?
It is because only religious activities of certain groups of Scientologists are prohibited in Russia while the movement itself besides the religious component has other aspects.
Alexander Dvorkin: “Scientology has many organizations. It’s like a Hydra with dozens of heads. We managed to close one, but the other heads are still functioning. We must focus on the ideology rather than a certain organization.”
One of the principles of Scientology reads: “people who don’t accept Scientology are dangerous and need to be isolated.”
That means to strip their rights. This very ideology became the undoing of the Moscow Church of Scientology.
A local religious group is currently being investigated in St. Petersburg too.
Still, Marins Group is not in trouble with the law for being a religious organization. Despite all the facts, the Group is trying to conceal their religious commitment.
Varvara Nevskyaya, Olga Olvukhina Vesti.
More information has surfaced recently about Hubbard’s “Allied Scientists of the World” scam, which he ran in 1951-52. 1, 2 [Read more…] about Hubbard’s “Allied Scientists of the World” Scam
At the end of World War 2 a friend of mine, Lt. Commander of the Coast Guard, Johnny Arwine, and myself went to the California Institute of Technology1–Cal Tech– to meet with a great many old time atomic physicists who had been at the project that dropped the original bomb–from Los Alamogordo2, 3. It was our intention to organise these people so that some sort of sensible control could be monitored across the bomb. Nobody had thought about it at this date and Johnny Arwine and I were still in uniform. We were both in the world of engineering, then in the world of arts and then finally in the Services. Neither of us had a thing to do with atomic fission in its development.
We got these atomic physicists together. I took the chair and Arwine addressed them. We spoke of using a propaganda weapon against anyone who would use atomic fission further against the human race. We planned to use any means we had to educate the people in the world concerning this.
The nuclear physicist was already so furious about this that Arwine and I could not control the meeting. We could keep them in their place, tell them to talk but we couldn’t get across any thought that was even rationally workable. These men said one thing: “We wish to overthrow the government of the United States by force.”
That is an astonishing chapter in the field of nuclear physics which only a few of us know about. There was a revolt and later on offices opened in the United States to propagandise the public in a movement led by the late Albert Einstein.
Arwine and I failed and withdrew our support from that meeting and did our best to calm them. We reported the findings to the Navy Department and the President. We said that we could not associate our names with this organisation. But the atomic physicist did try and he is not going to do much more because Albert Einstein is dead.
The other day I read the list of atomic scientists who are now dead. It is practically the whole roster. They died of leukemia, cancer and the very diseases radiation sickness breeds. They died to a marked degree of radiation, mostly I suppose mentally because they had exerted a tremendous overt act against the world and have been unable to repair it in any way.
That is clear fact and not propaganda. I am just stating that there was a background where the nuclear physicist did attempt to revolt. The punishment taken against him was severe. The information given here is not even vaguely confidential and I am not in the possession of any confidential material.
From that time on it was what seemed to be a lost cause. We knew that the world was certainly in danger from the theory of atomic war, but I am afraid that none of us were clever enough to realise that continued testing would take place since it seemed so stupid. None of us counted on the factor that the airs of the earth would be polluted with radiation. That was not part of our understanding and so the only new thing that has happened here, has been a certain carelessness for public welfare in the continued testing of the bombs.
Now let us examine this “revolt” and let us see in it the truth of the threat of hysteria. Even the men who made the bomb became so hysterical for a while that they could not even calmly organise. They screamed disgracefully at their own government. The danger was never that great, certainly. Defences were being built, no new war threatened. Yet these men went a bit mad. The group could not be controlled. They would not even listen to the necessity of calm public education. They merely wanted more hysteria. By the actions of these persons can be predicted a possibility of hysteria on a much wider scale. Propagandists to the contrary, this must be prevented.
I do not believe that atomic fission will continue being tested to a point where everybody dies. But I do believe that bombs will continue being tested to a point where everybody could be worried to a point where a great deal of the ability would be gone out of society.
I am not talking against the United States. The United States was simply the first to develop this. Since that time the bomb has gotten into much more irresponsible hands, Russian hands and the Russian is attempting to capitalise on this hysteria factor.
In the final analysis man has done an unfortunate thing and unless defences can be found and the public educated he may very well pay a dreadful price.
- Wikipedia: California Institute of Technology. ↩
- Wikipedia: Los Alamos National Laboratory. ↩
- In the 1989 edition of All About Radiation, the preceding sentence reads, “At the end of World War II, a friend of mine–Lieutenant Commander of the Coast Guard, Johnny Arwine–and I went to the California Institute of Technology to meet with a great many old-time atomic physicists who had been at the project that exploded the original bomb at Alamogordo.” See Wikipedia: Alamogordo. ↩
Joe Rogan: Oh, okay.
Leah Remini: Yeah.
JR: No partying at all?
LR: No partying.
JR: But when they do have a party. Like if they have a big old celebration. Like I saw the one celebration–
LR: I would go to the Gala every, every year.
JR: Oh, it’s a gala.
LR: Yeah, at Celebrity Centre.
JR: And what happens there?
LR: We listen to speeches about how much Scientology is accepted in the community by the LAPD. And–
JR: The LAPD talks?
LR: Uh-huh. LAPD. The mayors–
JR: So they contribute a bunch of money to the LAPD.
LR: Yes, they give um, they started a thing called the Police Activities Fund. Ah, League. Sorry. The Police Act–. And I contributed to it and I helped it. And they put on a show for the kids every Christmas at Celebrity Centre and they give them money, the proceeds to what they created, which is called the Police Activities League. And they present the LAPD with money for children.
JR: That sounds great.
LR: It’s great. But it’s, listen. It’s purposeful. It’s, there’s a policy called safepointing the community, and that’s what they’re doing. And I did it. So I know what it’s about. Right? You appear as if you are intentions are pure so that you then have maybe favors like this happening where somebody files a police report and you get screwed with.1; 2