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After Jehovah's Witnesses, Russia takes on Scientology

• by Damien Sharkov

Lyudmila Alexeyeva—the woman hailed as Russia's "grand dame of human rights"—led the charge in an open letter published by Russian daily newspaper  Kommersant on Monday, asking Putin to intervene in the recent arrest of five Scientologists in St. Petersburg.

"The events that occurred in St. Petersburg can seriously harm the reputation of our country, which seems particularly dangerous on the eve of the upcoming campaign for the presidential elections in 2018," the letter read.

Russia's security services raided Scientology headquarters in the country's so-called northern capital this summer, launching a probe into illegal entrepreneurship, extremism and incitement of hatred in June.

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