Totalitarian sects “constitute a threat to society, to individuals – it’s a hunt not only for people’s souls, but also for their property,” Putin said at a meeting with Samara region governor Nikolay Merkushkin and representatives of public organizations.
Putin agreed that “regional and federal government bodies should consider how to improve the legislative base for work on that front and ensure its practical implementation”. “We will do it by all means,” he promised.
The issue was brought up by Yelena Belchikova of the Samara Regional Institute for Professional Retraining. She said that a more effective struggle against totalitarian sects was needed and proposed creating a database containing brief information about such organizations for regional education authorities and schools.
Putin remarked that he often hears complaints about problems connected with totalitarian sects as he tours the regions.
“All sorts of log houses where various unclear rituals are performed are mushrooming… It’s a problem, I agree with you,” he said.