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Russia bans Nurcu movement

MOSCOW – Hürriyet | 4/12/2008 12:00:00 AM | Nerdun Hacıoğlu

Russia, which had earlier shut down the schools of the Gülen Movement, has now decided to ban the Nurcu Movement in the country. A top court in Russia described the Nurcu as a “fundamentalist

Russia, which had earlier shut down the schools of the Gülen Movement, has now decided to ban the Nurcu Movement in the country.

A top court in Russia described the Nurcu as a “fundamentalist group” and banned all its activities in the Russian Federation.

The head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Nikolai Patrushev, had accused the Nurcular of establishing cells in regions where Muslims constituted the majority and of promoting religious separatism and Turkish nationalism.

The court noted that the Nurcu were also banned in Turkey, however Nurcu movement manages publishing houses and other companies in Turkey.

Russia had earlier already banned the books of the founder of the order, Said Nursi.

The founder and leader of the Gülen movement, Fethullah Gülen, is a Turkish Islamic scholar. The movement sets up schools and dormitories around the world. His opinions on education, science, Darwinism, the economy and social justice have become a source of controversy.

The Gülen movement is part of a wider order. The movement had many schools in Russia, but most of them were closed down on charges of spreading religious propaganda.

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