The Russian anti-cult lawyer claims that Islamic terrorists, Scientologists and “Indian Satanists” are all working with the Witnesses and plotting a coup.
by Massimo Introvigné
The Great Conspiracy of the Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses, Act II. We reported in Bitter Winter that the lawyer for the Russian anti-cult federation RATsIRS, Alexander Korelov, claimed that Jehovah’s Witnesses were planning a coup to overthrow the Putin regime, on behalf of the CIA and intelligence services. Ukrainian intelligence, and with the help of Scientologists and Pentecostals.
Our readers could have considered the article as a curiosity, although Korelov is a famous lawyer in Russia, and who even spoke in the Belgian Parliament invited by the deputy André Frédéric, the current president of the European anti-cult federation FECRIS sharing the platform with Anne Josso, general secretary of the French anti-cult mission MIVILUDES. Someone might have thought that Korelov’s conspiracy theories would be considered extreme even by the Russian Orthodox Church, which posted them on one of its local websites, and would be quickly forgotten.
Not so. On October 25, the same website, which is owned by St. Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral in Novosibirsk and run by Alexander Novopashin, the vice-president of RATsIRS (an organization he claims is still part of FECRIS), published new and even more sensational revelations, which had also been the subject of an article in the national (and historical) newspaper Izvestia.
This time, Korelov believes he has found the smoking gun. He claims that in the remote Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on the Arctic Circle (where, coincidentally, FECRIS dignitaries gathered for a conference with Russian anti-cultists in 2017), mysterious men knocked on the door of the inhabitants and ask: “Where can I find the answer to the question about happiness?
Given the temperature on the Arctic Circle, an easy answer would be “By the fireplace,” but according to Korelov, it’s “handwriting” revealing the men to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. After the liquidation of the Witnesses in 2017, “adherents of the movement who remained in Russia and operate illegally on the territory of the country received instructions from the center through closed communication channels on the need to continue their activities, despite the bans” , Korelov said.
It may be objected that the men asking the icy inhabitants of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug philosophical questions about happiness did not identify themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses. But it takes more to deceive Korelov. “Put simply,” he said, “Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to resume marching around entrances without directly naming their organization. Why is this done? First, in order to resume their activities. And secondly, they receive operational instructions on the organization of demonstrations, including against the conduct of the special military operation. In other words, our fears about the danger of this organization are confirmed. The structure was basically in dormant mode, and today it is beginning to show activity. According to my information, members of Jehovah’s Witnesses are asked if they are ready for active demonstrations, including physical resistance to law enforcement officials.
One can only admire Korelov’s sagacity. He finds in the reported story of men knocking on the door and asking about happiness in a remote part of the Arctic proof that riots and a coup are in the works.
Another possible objection is that there are not enough Jehovah’s Witnesses to stage mass protests and overthrow the government. There are more of them than many believe, Korelov replies, and they will not act alone. “If we add to this [the number of the Jehovah’s Witnesses] that other sects, including neo-pentecostals and scientologists, will be involved in the protests, so we get quite a large number of people.
Other darker forces are also mobilized. Earlier this month, the Russian Orthodox Church expressed concern over billboards that appeared in Berdsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, advertising India’s new religious movement Sahaja Yoga, founded by spiritual master Sri Mataji Nirmala Devi, who died in Italy in 2011. Sahaja Yoga is not banned in Russia (until now), but Korelov claims it is a form of “Indian Satanism” that practices “ritual murder” .
This makes him an ideal candidate to be mobilized by the Ukrainian intelligence services for the coup against the Putin regime, alongside Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientologists and Pentecostals, following “instructions received from across the ocean that is, from the United States. But let’s not forget Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists. “We know for certain,” says Korelov, “that the Ukrainian special services and their [American] managers considered the possibility of integrating religious fanatics to fight Russia. They dreamed of creating a crazy cocktail of ‘Islamic’ extremism and Ukrainian neo-Nazism.
One can only wonder what sensational revelations Korelov and the Russian FECRIS affiliates will offer us in the next installment of their conspiracy novel.