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Anti-Falun Gong Conference in Ukraine

The Chinese Peoples’ Daily is gleeful over a conference in Ukraine apparently devoted to attacking Falun Gong:

A two-day international roundtable “Information Extremism: The Truth and Falsehood of Falun Gong Cult” ended on Tuesday, or October 14, in Kiev, Ukraine. Participants from various countries were unanimous in the view that the “Falun Gong” is a well-organized evil cult with great destructive power, which has wrought havocs to society and general public; it is a cult organization with an intrinsic tendency of potential violence.

Alas, the journalist’s English-writing skills are less than adequate, and working out who was actually there is rather tricky. For example, the report mentions

Griss Fridrih, president of the Federation for European Sectarian Research…

That’s actually Friedrich Griess of the Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d’Information sur le Sectarisme (FECRIS).

…Markovic Arnold, director of the Superstition Hotline Clinic in New York City, the U.S.,

That would be Arnold Markowitz of the Cult Hotline & Clinic.

…Bokin, director of the Russian State Religion Relations and Law Studies Institute

That’s Igor Ponkin of the Institute for State-Confessional Relations and Law (ISCRL) (Ponkin, an Orthodox nationalist, was recently in the news calling for goth and emo music to be banned).

A Spanish translation is even worse, giving us “Glis Fuderih”, “Markovich Arnolid”, and “Botin”.

Other “experts” mentioned are (links added) “Lipovskaya Natalya Anatolevna (f), a doctor of national management from the Ukrainian Academy of Customs Science”; “Vershinin Mihail Valerevna, an expert from the State-owned Samara University in Russia”, “Leshinskaya Elena Albertovna (f), a researcher from the Ukrainian Academy of Education Sciences”.

If we take the People’s Daily‘s word for it, the conference appears to have consisted of diatribes against Falun Gong that fully endorse the Chinese government’s perspective that it is “evil” and should be suppressed.

(Hat tip: Cult News Network)