The Montenegrin authorities have deported 58 foreigners suspected of membership in the Aum Shinrikyo. Seven of them are Belarusians.
Four expelled are Japanese, 43 are Russian, three of them – Ukrainians, one – from Uzbekistan. They all lived in a rented hotel, said in a statement of the Montenegro Ministry of Interior, which was spread by foreign media.
In Russia, in early April, police raided 25 premises allegedly linked to Aum Shinrikyo. Despite the fact that the sect is banned in Russia, the prosecution argues that the country can have up to 30 thousand of its members. The sectarian group also actively collects donations. In Moscow and St. Petersburg were detained and questioned about 30 people, but they were released, because they were able to assure the police they did yoga. However, some experts point out that the adepts of the sect often mask their activities by other actions, including yoga and karate clubs.
In October, a number of alleged Aum Shinrikyo structures had criminal cases launched against them for “creation of a nonprofit organization that infringes on the individual and the rights of citizens.”
Aum Shinrikyo (“Aleph”) was put on the list of terrorist organizations, and its activity is prohibited in many countries after the 1995 Japan founded sect organized a terrorist attack using poison gas in the Tokyo subway. Then, 13 people were killed and about 6 thousand people injured.
Aum Shinrikyo translates as “Supreme Truth” or “The teaching of the Truth.” The sect originated in the 1980s. Initially, its eclectic doctrine combined the principles of Buddhism and Hinduism, then it included the apocalyptic Christian prophecies.