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IMFORM a body of academics (formaly run by Eileen Barker) who recieve money from the UK goverment to find out and research NRM's, who should give help and advice.
She testifies to and teaches her students at the London School of Economics & Political Science, that brainwashing does not exist and that ex-members are un-trustworthy, but relys on members to back up her thinking.
(The Arch Bishop of Canterbury by tradition is asked to sit on the board yet the latest one has refused to do so.) o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Phone: +44 (0)20 7955 7654
o Post: Inform, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE.
Eileen Barker has recieved an OBE from her majesty for her work at INFORM,
An extract from
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs announced a list of their witnesses (32
altogether), which besides many Russians included the following persons from
the West: James Richardson (USA), Massimo Introvigne (Italy), David Bromley
(USA), Jean-Francois Meyer (Switzerland), J. Gordon Melton (USA), Hubert
Zeivert (Germany), and Eileen Barker (UK). Mr. Levinson announced that the
Committee had a preliminary agreement with all of these people, and that
after the beginning of the lawsuit each of them had been contacted
individually and expressed a clear agreement to come. (The only person who
refused to come and expressed his astonishment at his inclusion in the list
was Jean-Francois Meyer.) The Court noted the excessive number of witnesses
and somewhat reduced their number. The following foreign witnesses were
chosen: Eileen Barker, Hubert Zeivert, James Richardson, and Massimo
Eventually only Eileen Barker and James Richardson came. Massimo Introvigne
and Gordon Melton sent written statements. Numerous witnesses took the stand
- more than 20 on behalf of the plaintiffs and over 25 for the defendants.
From the plaintiffs' side came witnesses who were members of the following
cults: ISKCON, Scientology, the Unification Church, and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Also, members of ISKCON and the Unification Church's pet parents'
committees, plus Russian and foreign experts, gave evidence. It is
noteworthy that all of the experts, including Barker and Richardson, were
asked the following question by the defendants' attorneys: "Can a person be
a member of all of the above-mentioned cults at the same time?" Both
scholars were warned that their answers would be published on the Internet,
and each tried to avoid giving a direct answer. When pressed, both answered
with a firm "Yes" - a rather unusual response from persons claiming to be
experts in the field of NRMs.
Ex-cult members gave testimony for the defendants, as did the parents and
relatives of the cult victims. The following cults were discussed: ISKCON,
Jehovah's Witnesses, Vissarion, the Mother of God Center, Scientology, the
International Churches of Christ, the Unification Church, and a small (but
very destructive) Russian cult called "Fighters for True Piety." Among the
foreign experts were Georgas Krippas (Greece), Johannes Aagaard (Denmark),
Claire Champollion (France ), and Thomas Gandow (Germany).
Of course, none of them thought it even remotely possible to belong to all
the cults at the same time; the most interesting answer to this question was
given by the Rev. Thomas Gandow. He said that if someone claimed to belong
to all these cults simultaneously and was not lying, then there were only
three possibilities: l. The person is mad; 2. The person is a Scientologist,
because of all the cults listed only Scientology allows its members to
pretend to be concurrently members of a different religion; 3. The person is
a secret agent (but that is virtually the same thing as no.2).
On May 20, when all the witnesses were heard, the plaintiffs brought another
witness from Germany: Ms. Gabriela Yonan. However, the judge refused to
examine her since she came too late and her name was not mentioned before.
Ms. Yonan did express her opinion about the issue in an interview with the
Paris-based Russian weekly Russkaya Mysl.
On May 21, after seven weeks of fierce courtroom battles, Judge Lyudmila
Saltykova announced her decision: the statement of the plaintiffs was
unfounded. It was a very clear victory for our side
the full report on the situation in russia is very interesting, illustrating
the collective efforts of cults to silence the opposition. Read it at this