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St. Petersburg, September 29, Interfax - Police on Thursday searched the premises of the St. Petersburg Church of Scientology as part of an investigation into suspected large-scale fraud by the chief executive of a construction company, the police authority for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region said.
The searches resulted in "evidence confirming the existence of financial
relations" between the suspect and the Scientologist church, the
authority said in a statement.
Investigators claim that the chief executive handed over to the church
about 9 million rubles that were allegedly investments from customers.
"Documents were seized in the course of the searches that confirm the
transfer of about 17 million rubles to the religious group via a
commercial organization controlled by them for donations and
instruction," the statement said.
Police were continuing their investigations, it said.