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Post by eddie on Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:28 pm

A Russian yoga teacher has been arrested for "illegal missionary activity" under controversial new laws designed to combat terrorism.

Dmitry Ugay is said to have fallen foul of the country’s anti-terror measures, dubbed a ‘Big Brother' law by Edward Snowden, while giving a talk about the philosophy of yoga at a St Petersburg festival.

The computer programmer was arrested and charged with allegedly conducting illegal missionary activity, which is an offence under the so-called Yarovaya laws brought in last year.

Mr Ugay’s arrest comes after he was accused by fellow festival-goer, Nail Nasibulin, of recruiting young people to join his “pseudo-Hindu organisation".

The 44-year-old claims he was bundled into a police car and ordered to sign a blank piece of paper, which he refused to do.

Two months after his arrest and subsequent release, he now faces a fine at a court hearing next week in St Petersburg, state news agency Rapsi reported.

But Mr Ugay, who admits following Hinduism, strenuously denied the other claims, telling the Meduza news agency: “I did not name a single religious organisation in my speech, nor did I use a single religious book, and did not name a single religious figure apart from Christ and Buddha.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-yoga-teacher-arrest-anti-terror-law-yarovaya-dmitry-ugay-a7526996.html

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:57 pm

The Russian government just does not share the values of the West; far too many people in the West don't get this, I think.

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Post by eddie on Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:02 am

They are powerful and I have to wonder why.
As always.

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