Apr 14, 2016

Aum Shinrikyo would "30 thousand" followers in Russia

Marco Zappa
China Files
April 13, 2016

(Google Translation)
Aum Shinrikyo

More than twenty years after the attacks sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, the legacy of the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo is still alive. In the last two weeks, some associated with the group or suspected were arrested and deported to Montenegro. While Japan and Russia, where they would be tens of thousands of followers, continue the investigation.

They changed the name, the country , but habits seem the same as two decades ago.This time, however, instead of Japan, have preferred European destinations, where to go unnoticed. On 30 March, the news agencyKyodo spreads the news that 58 foreigners were repatriated by the government of Montenegro . Among them were also four Japanese citizens, whose identity has not been revealed. From what has been learned, would all members of the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo, accused of the tragic attacks sarin gas in the Tokyo subway on 20 March 1995 that caused the death of 13 people and permanent damage to other 6 thousand. The news came after the government in Podgorica announced that it has raided some hotels in the capital and Danilovgrad, a town of just over 5 thousand souls, in the small Balkan state. 

Here, the police would have surprised some members of the groupas they listened to a speech by the guru Shoko Asahara - founder Aum, sentenced to death in 2004 and awaiting execution - with a laptop. The officers also found 50 thousand euro in cash and a suitcase full of rubles. As reported by Kyodo , the Danilovgrad hotel had been booked by whatseemed to be the leader of the group - probably from Ukraine - on 16 March. These would have explained to the owner of the hotel, which had been presented by a real estate agent, you need a quiet place with a fast Internet connection for their unnamed "online business". The man would then be asked to the property to keep the staff away from the rooms of her. The 30 hotel guests would have sported bizarre look : pajama shirts and baggy pants and you would have amounted to the hotel barefoot. Too suspicious in a little town that for its white marble, according to the site of ' tourism authorities of Montenegro, "attracts many artists." A return to 44 Russian citizens deported from Montenegro in operations in Podgorica and Danilovgrad have been placed under investigation.

Their houses, wrote the BBC , frisked. As revealed by Russian investigators, the followers of the sect in Russia would be 30 thousand . Aum Shinrikyo - now replaced by two organizations "daughters", Aleph and Hikari no Wa - based his worship on a combination of prophecies about the end of the world, Esoteric Buddhism and the cult of personality of the founder Shoko Asahara - born Chizuo Matsumoto. After the attacks sarin in the Tokyo subway, was also onAum ties with Russia that were focused the spotlight. In Moscow was one of the key men of the organization, the spokesmanFumihiro Joyu , considered the Aum chief operating officer in the country. From Russia came a military helicopter, according to Japanese investigators, the Aum men had intended to use to spread sarin gas. In 2001, then, the Russian police detained a group of Russian followers of Aum who had planned an operation to free Asahara from jail, where he was including an attack on the Tokyo Imperial Palace. After the raids of these days, Tokyo did knowing that you have searched in 2015 more than twenty structures related to Aleph and Hikari no wa, both founded by Joyu. At the moment the two sects, on which the Japanese authorities retain control for 20 years, would count about 1650 followers in the country and 160 in Russia. The authorities in Tokyo WOULD also monitoring the activities of the two organizations on social networks, used to proselytize during events apparently not religious. Meanwhile, Tokyo has announced the star collaborating with Moscow on the issue. The Aum case could in fact arrive on the table of negotiations between Russia and Japan ahead of the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Japan on 15 April. [Written for Eastonline]


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