It’s difficult to imagine a more inaccessible place for photographers. And there really is something to marvel at – a magnificent building, covert rituals, a beautiful atrium, secret electronic equipment and even pink teddy bears. One amateur Moscow correspondent managed to not only get inside this closed organization, but to go out of it with a great photo report.
The Scientology religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. This word comes from the Latin “scio” which means “to know” or “to recognize” and the Greek “logos” meaning “a proper cause” or “an inner thought”. Thus, it means “the science of wisdom or knowledge” or “knowing about knowing”. At the same time, Scientology is defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.
In Moscow, there is the large Church of Scientology located on Taganskaya Street. Several missions, small organizations providing initial services of Dianetics and Scientology services and ceremonies.
The number of Moscow’s followers reaches 150.000, 5.000 of which are active parishioners. Each day the Church is visited by more than 500 of them. The Church staff, administrative staff and priests make up 350 people.
At the moment there are about 12.5 million followers of Scientology all over the world. 9000 organizations and churches are located in 189 countries.
In Russia, there are up to half a million followers of this religion, and about 70 organizations in 50 regions.
“The only wealth is understanding. And this is all Scientology can offer you” - L. Ron Hubbard
Scientology hasn’t been accumulating wealth and property for hundreds of years, as other religions have – it must make its way in this world by its own. Cultural and architectural traditions of Scientology Churches are different depending on countries and their locations. Scientology religious rites are all united and fully described by L. Ron Hubbard in his book “The Scientology religion: its origins, ceremonies, sermons and services”.