February 25, 2013
Religious sect of forced hermits banned for extremism in Tatarstan
Moscow - RAPSI. A Tatarstan court has recognized a local Muslim religious community, whose members live in isolation, as extremist and banned its activity, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said on Monday.
In August 2012, by order of the Tatarstan investigation department of the Investigative Committee, local law enforcement officials together with the prosecutor's office, Russia's sanitary watchdog, and the Emergencies Ministry inspected the sect of "faizrakhmanists", which is named after its founder, FaizrakhmanSatarov.
The inspection revealed that the living conditions of some 20 children in the sect did not meet the living standards as specified by the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare and the Fire Safety Inspection Service.
The inspection also found that minors were involved in the organization's activities, which contradicts Russian law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Also, the office's report said community activities resulted in cases where family relations were broken due to religious differences.
The sect requires its members to live in isolation, and prohibits them from visiting hospitals or sending children to school, according to the prosecutor's office.
Contrary to the law, Satarov organized and provided education to the children in his organization.
The prosecutor's office filed a complaint with the court petitioning the court to ban the sect's activities and to designate the group as extremists.
The court satisfied the prosecutors' demands in full.