In Bashkiria began testing wizards and witches

22.02.2005

22.02.2005


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Law enforcement agencies launched a massive Bashkiria audit of fortunetelling parlors, healers, witches and shamans who practice the occult and alternative methods of treatment. As reported in Friday's "Rosbaltu" in the Interior Ministry, verification is done on a complaint of Archbishop Nikon of Ufa and Sterlitamaksky aimed at the end of last year in the name of acting Prosecutor Michael Zelepukina Bashkiria. The head of the diocese demanded to stop the activities of "an organized group of fraudsters," deceiving the people "under the guise of services for divination and removal of damage." A similar letter was sent to the Minister of Health of Bashkortostan surname Shamigulovu.

The archbishop pointed out that the vast majority of non-traditional healers treats business without a license and special permit of Ministry of Health that "poses a serious threat to the physical and mental health" of citizens. According to the calculations of clerics, in Ufa today there are about 70 healers, sorcerers and 20 occult salons and centers.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Bashkiria has responded to the statement of Archbishop Nikon series of checks. However, as reported on Friday, "Rosbaltu" ministry official Irek Gistanov, the struggle against manifestations of occult fraud in Russia can not be effective because of inadequate legislation. "The best we can do — impose a fine on the owners of fortunetelling salon for the lack of a cash register," — said the official. According to him, to bring fortune tellers and shamans to criminal liability for fraud, we need statements from the victims, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in such statements has not yet been received. In addition, noted Gistanov, most fortune tellers and healers come to Bashkiria "on tour" of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, which complicates their search and the prosecution. At the same time, the Interior Ministry spokesman assured that the police is ready to work closely on this issue with the clergy.

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