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Claim: Scientology is lying about who visited the most destruction on psychiatry in Russia

[Malchikova and her Freedom Medal, and Dorinskaya]

In 2011, the Church of Scientology celebrated two of its members in Russia for destroying the psychiatric profession’s long stranglehold on the mental health field in that country.

If you’re new to Scientology watching, you should know that church founder L. Ron Hubbard went begging for psychiatric help from the VA in 1947, after his miserable WW2 experience, saying in his letter that he was at the end of his rope. But instead of getting the help that he needed, Hubbard nursed a longtime hatred of psychiatry and psychiatrists ever after that.

And with his book Dianetics coming out in 1950 and his organization Scientology growing soon after that, Hubbard baked into it a furious enmity for psychiatry and its pharmaceuticals. It is no exaggeration to say that Scientology hates psychiatry and its practitioners above all else. Hubbard claimed that the “evil psychs” have been harming mankind for trillions of years, and that they actually originate from the planet Farsec.

(Seriously, we’re not making this up.) Anyway, in 2011, Scientology gave its highest award, the Freedom Medal, to two of its members in Russia for agitating against psychiatry there. Azgar Ishkildin and Tatyana Malchikova were celebrated after they had “exposed the horrors of psychiatric abuse in Russia and protected the civil rights of every Russian citizen through legislative reforms.” The two were able to wreak so much havoc on psychiatry in Russia through Scientology’s most unhinged front group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

The reason we’re telling you about this award 11 years after the fact is that just this week we heard from someone who says that Scientology’s celebration of Ishkildin and Malchikova was filled with lies, and that the two of them didn’t deserve recognition for destroying psychiatry in Russia.


In fact, we were told, it was another woman, Sofya Dorinskaya, who should have properly been recognized by David Miscavige for doing the work that Tatyana Malchikova took the credit for.

If you find this confusing, imagine how we felt.

We were sent an email by Dorinskaya’s husband, Mikhail, who wanted us to see an essay that Sofya had written about Scientology’s lies at her website. In her essay, Dorinskaya explains that when she led CCHR in Russia between 2005 and 2009, she had singlehandedly brought psychiatry to its knees.

She wrote that she had “made hundreds of appearances in the media, spoke to hundreds of opinion makers at CCHR exhibitions, won several Constitutional Courts and deprived psychiatrists of 7.5 billion rubles of state funding.”

However, she was replaced by Malchikova, who had been only her assistant at CCHR, and then in 2011 Malchikova was given the Freedom Medal for Dorinskaya’s accomplishments.

In fact, she complained, Since 2013 Malchikova has sat by idly as Russia’s psychiatric profession has made a huge comeback, erasing the advancements that CCHR had made under Dorinskaya.

“During the work of Tatyana Malchikova, psychiatry in Russia has become more powerful,” Dorinskaya wrote.

We wrote back to Mikhail, thanking him for the email, and summarizing what we took from his wife’s essay.

I just want to make sure I understand this. Ms. Dorinskaya is saying that the current CCHR president in Russia, Ms. Malchikova, does not deserve the IAS medal she received in 2011, which was actually for Ms. Dorinskaya’s accomplishments when she ran CCHR Russia from 2005-2009. And also, that under Ms. Malchikova’s leadership, CCHR Russia has done nothing as psychiatry has advanced its aims in that country since she became president. Can I ask why Ms. Dorinskaya left her position as president of CCHR Russia in 2009, and is she involved in Scientology today?

Mikhail suggested that Sofya was simply too good at her job destroying psychiatry, and that the country’s top psychiatrist convinced government agencies to target Sofya for harassment. They left the country and went to Hungary at that point, and Sofya’s assistant, Malchikova, took over CCHR.

They didn’t even realize that Malchikova had been awarded the Freedom Medal in 2011 until they were forced to return to Russia in 2012 for some time. Only then did they see the copy of Impact magazine announcing that Malchikova had been given the medal.

Mikhail says that as “proper Scientologists,” they tried to submit reports about the injustice, but it only led to persecution. They are in Hungary today, he says, and they are not in “Miscavige’s church.”

But the story has a silver lining, he pointed out. His wife Sofya Dorinskaya, a psychiatrist, continues to agitate against psychiatry and psychiatric drugs at her YouTube channel, which has 413,000 subscribers.



Mikhail suggested a reason that Scientology had undermined its own efforts in Russia. He pointed out that Scientology’s richest donors, the Duggan family, “produces the drug Duodopa, which is similar in effect to antipsychotics and causes schizophrenia.”

(We think he’s referring to the giant drugmaker Abbvie, which made the Duggans rich when it bought a cancer drug company, Pharmacyclics, from Bob Duggan. We have pointed out that the Duggans were paid in huge amounts of Abbvie stock.)

Well gosh, that’s an intriguing accusation. David Miscavige has allowed Scientology’s mission to destroy psychiatry in Russia be compromised because of Duggan’s pharmaceutical millions, and the wrong person got a Freedom Medal in 2011.

You hear that, Dave? You gave that medal to the wrong person! We don’t know when the IAS and its Freedom Medals will come back — perhaps this October? — but Dave will then have the opportunity to recognize the correct psychiatry-killer.

We can only hope he does the right thing.


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Source Code

“I notice now that there’s a lot of doubt and wonder about ethics and so on, here and there and so forth. What is ethics? I just heard one from Chicago, just before I came to the lecture and so forth. ‘Scientology is to help, not to punish people.’ How the hell would he know? He’s never been helped by it. He’d made a lot of dough with it, but he’s never had any tone arm action I’ve ever been able to find out. Suppressive. So we are developing, simply, systems by which to handle the public at large, is all we are doing. And right now it goes in with a thud against some staff members and so forth and students collide with it and that sort of thing. Good. Get used to it. Because the action is actually intended for the public, don’t you see? But until you have a familiarity with law and order amongst yourselves and some experience with how it works and what seems unjust and what seems just and that sort of thing, you never can grab ahold of it. Now, you can’t go nonchalantly knocking off the United States government or something like that without at least issuing an HCO suppressive order, you know?” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 8, 1965


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SHIP CONDITION: If the ship’s company is ever to get out of Non E it will be by 1. Wearing ones own hat. 2. Insisting the other fellows wears his. I tried for 2 months to single hand the ship up in morale and efficiency. I got too many problems (bonus errors, FP flaps in return). Now you guys dig yourselves out and put it right. I didn’t assign the condition. The ship did.” — The Commodore, June 8, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Please read or listen to LRH taped lecture ‘THE FREE BEING.’ In it LRH explains how OTs must work ORGANIZED. Otherwise the individualistic OTs will lose the war when facing super organized Meat bodies, entities and BTs (‘lesser beings,’ the taped lecture actual words). An OT Committee is organization, management.”


Past is Prologue

1996: David and Julie Mayo posted extensive accounts of the cult’s Fair Game policy against them in the last few years. David is being harassed for having founded a competing church to Scientology. “On August 4, 1994, Scientology(tm) utilized INTERPOL, the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), and the DNCD (Dominicana Nacional Control de Drogas) to try to enforce Scientology’s(tm) religious beliefs on me, to persecute me and to get me jailed by false allegations to INTERPOL. INTERPOL had received and acted on a report that I was ‘practicing Scientology(tm) without a license’; that I had ‘destroyed Scientology(tm) property’; that I was ‘representing’ myself as a ‘Scientologist’. Ventura Bayonet, head of the Dominican Republic DNCD said that he decided to act as a result of a phone call from INTERPOL alleging that I had damaged ‘millions of dollars of Scientology(tm) property’. I was not representing myself as a Scientologist nor was I practicing Scientology(tm), with or without a license. I had not ‘damaged’ Scientology(tm) property. By 1992, all of the civil lawsuits brought against me by Scientology(tm) had been dismissed and in January 1993, the Central District of California had sanctioned RTC/Scientology(tm) plaintiffs 2.9 million dollars for abusive litigation against me.”


Random Howdy

“Tom Cruise is royalty and royalty can’t just marry whoever they like. They have obligations to king and subjects alike.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next pretrial conference June 30. Trial scheduled for October 11.

‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference June 9 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 2.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court.
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Valerie’s motion for reconsideration denied on March 15.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Next hearing scheduled for June 29.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?


[ONE year ago] Ecclesiastical cardio: David Miscavige spotted jogging on the beach in Clearwater
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s obsession with City Councilman Mark Bunker is truly off the charts
[THREE years ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard on nuclear radiation: It’s a state of mind
[FOUR years ago] Here’s proof that Scientology members have to be forced to watch Scientology TV
[FIVE years ago] Federal judge urged to ignore Scientology whining and get on with arbitration disaster
[SIX years ago] More signs of the apocalypse for the Church of Scientology’s bitter-enders
[SEVEN years ago] Westward, Ho! Hey, Bunkerites, we need your help, and fast
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Tom Cruise history lesson edition!
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack on Why It’s So Hard To Recover From Scientology
[TEN years ago] It’s a Scientology Book Avalanche! RUN FOR COVER!
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Anti-Commie, Space Opera Beginnings, and Other Nuggets From New Academic Book


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,689 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,194 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,744 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,734 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,625 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,931 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,800 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,574 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,905 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,378 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,694 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,260 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,179 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,347 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,927 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,189 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,225 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,940 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,465 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 820 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,995 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,546 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,695 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,015 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,870 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,989 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,345 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,648 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,754 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,152 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,028 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,611 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,106 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,360 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,469 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 8, 2022 at 07:00

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