MASSIMO INTROVIGNE | BITTER WINTER
Seven NGOs supporting the spiritual movement have been banned by the Russian government. They include the anti-organ-harvesting organization DAFOH.
On July 17, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom published a document denouncing the anti-cult ideology in Russia. Bitter Winter noted how the document is important for China as well, as China and Russia co-operate and support each other in the repression of groups labeled as “extremist cults” in Russia and xie jiao in China.
On July 20, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement on the 21st anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, calling on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to immediately cease “its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners.” The CCP reacted by calling Pompeo “the worst U.S. Secretary of State in history.”
On the same anniversary day, July 20, the Russian government designated seven foreign NGOs connected with Falun Gong as “undesirable in Russia, following inspections carried out by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.”
According to a statement of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, “As a result of a study of the materials received by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, a decision was adopted to designate the activities of the following foreign non-governmental organizations as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation: World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong Inc. (WOIPFG, U.S.) Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (U.S.), Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners Inc. (GMRPFGP, U.S.), Friends of Falun Gong Inc. (U.S.), Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH, U.S.), Dragon Springs Buddhist Inc. (U.S.), and The European Falun Dafa Association (UK).”
The list includes the highly respected Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, an organization that denounces organ harvesting in China from prisoners of conscience and includes well-known medical doctors who are not members of Falun Gong.
The Russian decision was loudly applauded by the China Anti-xie-jiao Association