The investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) opened a criminal investigation into the activities of the “AUM Shinrikyo” (recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). This is stated in the message on the website of the RCDS.
Criminal case was opened under part 1 article 239 of the criminal code (creation of an Association whose activity involves violence against citizens or other infliction of harm to their health).
According to investigators, an unidentified person not later than 2011 created in Moscow and St. Petersburg Association of followers of the “AUM Shinrikyo” (Aleph). Investigators believe that the creators of the groups used physical and psychological pressure on citizens to obtain them from donations and property.
According to the version of the TFR, from 2012 to 2014 years, the members of the “AUM Shinrikyo” to collect donations over the Internet. In addition, in Moscow and St. Petersburg took place the meeting of the Association.
As reported in the TFR, now investigators together with representatives of the FSB and the interior Ministry conducted searches in Moscow and St. Petersburg (the security forces came at 20 sites) — to identify the persons that may be involved in the activities of the “AUM Shinrikyo”. In addition, security forces searching literature and articles intended “to perform religious practices, electronic media, as well as other objects and documents”.
On the morning of Tuesday, 5 April, the TV channel “Russia-24″ reported that the police carried out mass searches in the apartments of members of AUM Shinrikyo” in Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to the information channel, the security forces also launched a detention.
According to the source TASS in law enforcement bodies in St. Petersburg in the case of the sect “AUM Shinrikyo” detained about 10 people that they were sent for questioning in the TFR. Detainees had also seized literature of the founder of the sect Shoko Asahara. The source suggested that several detainees subsequently to be elected a measure of restraint. The TFR in its report about the detention involved in a cult of persons not reported.
On 26 March it became known that during a police operation in Montenegro arrested nearly 60 foreigners, most of whom were Russians. It was stated that all the detainees were members of “AUM Shinrikyo”. After the detainees were deported from Montenegro, including 43 people were sent to Russia.
“AUM Shinrikyo” was widespread in Russia in the beginning 1990-x years. In the country, according to various estimates, there were around 30 thousand followers of a religious Association. The founder of the sect was previously declared insane. After the terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway on 20 March 1995, when the supporters of the cult sprayed sarin gas in the cars, the 12 members of the “AUM Shinrikyo” were sentenced to death.