Alexander Dvorkin (born in Moscow on August 20th, 1955) is the Vice-President of FECRIS.
He has been a major spokesperson and militant since 1992, active in feeding and leading campaigns against those “non-traditional” religious groups or minorities in Russia, that his organization and he, decided to label as “abusive” or “extremist” or “destructive cults”. According to a number of domestic or international observers, he himself is a very extremist person as far as encroachment of freedom to believe is concerned.
Great embarrass (plainly, even in spite of their attempt to cover it up) was created in FECRIS in May 2014 when several media all over Russia reported the leaking of certain thorny medical papers concerning Dvorkin’s psychiatric record, which make his reliability and trustworthiness controversial.
The following quotation is from an article dated 13 May 2014 (no longer available online, previously reachable here: http://www.independent-news.ru/?p=61933, now only reachable here: https://web.archive.org/web/20140520172423/http://independent-news.ru/?p=61933), concerning the published documents revealing psychiatric diagnoses of Dvorkin:
“Upon a psychiatric examination A. Dvorkin was diagnosed with psychophysical infantilism, pathological development of personality and suspected schizophrenia.”
That media report also included a mention of “his groundless criticism of religious movements, which frequently contains blatant lies.”
The following quotation is from an article (no longer available online, previously reachable here: http://www.islamnews.ru/news-145962.html), of the same days:
“Dvorkin was registered with the Psycho-neurological clinic number 3 for four years, and was institutionalized for inpatient treatment at the Psychiatric hospital number 14.”
“The doctors revealed cyclotimia (manic-depressive psychosis), pathological development of personality, psychophysical infantilism.”
Again, the following is froma an article no longer available online, previously reachable here: http://newsbabr.com/?IDE=125755 (now only reachable here: https://web.archive.org/web/20140528045116/http://newsbabr.com/?IDE=125755):
“The first referrals to a psychiatrists were related to various anxieties, apathy, hatred towards his relatives (after a conflict with whom he attempted suicide). The patient hears the same melody playing in his head; he feels like someone is standing behind him.”
This media also stated:
“Based on the Russian and foreign psychiatric practical experience, the above diagnoses cannot be fully cured. Only temporary remission is possible. A patient who has disorders of the manic-depressive kind is supposed to be under the supervision of a psychiatrist, have appointments with him at least once a week and constantly receive supportive treatment in the form of psychotropic medications prescribed by the doctor who is in charge of the case.”
Did any clarification or explanation or confutation come from Dvorkin or FECRIS about this case?
Apparently, a big nothing – as they reported in another article (again, no longer available online, but previously reachable here: http://nr2.ru/moskow/497708.html):
“Dvorkin himself was not available to provide any comments.”
So now maybe, more understanding can occur of the reasons underlying the continuous and consistent instigation of hate campaigns in Russia on the part of Alexander Dvorkin under the auspices of FECRIS and through French taxpayers’ funds: what could we expect from an intransigent promoter of the concept of “spiritual security” (which has been considered as totally misleading by several experts and scholars in the western world), who was also diagnosed to suffer from “manic-depressive psychosis, pathological development of personality, psychophysical infantilism”?
As a matter of fact, Dvorkin’s unfounded accusations against religious organizations do create (and have been creating for over 25 years) an atmosphere of turmoil that eventually eases intolerance and violence against not only new religious movements, but also minority religious confessions as well as their members.
Evidence shows that Alexander Dvorkin’s and FECRIS’s continuous work of poisoning the Russian society with alarming information versus new religious movements and non-Orthodox (non-Catholic) religions, instances of serious discrimination and hate and violence kept coming up increasingly. A shocking sample of what goes on in Russia versus religious minorities in the span of only one year (2009) can be found in this 2010 report: http://www.coordiap.com/caplc/dvorkin-READ-EN.pdf
Only limited to the scope of that report, groups discriminated that way and subject to that intolerance, also include Hare Krishna, Pentecostals, Baptist Christians and other Evangelical Christian Churches. Broadening the view, targets of Dvorkin’s and FECRIS’s propaganda would include Seventh-Day Adventists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons, Scientology, Falun Gong, and even the Salvation Army.
As a counsel for the Ministry of Justice, in 2012 Dvorkin attempted to get the Hare Krishna version of Bhagavad Gita (a major holy book of the Hindu spirituality) banned from Russia through a court alleging it is an “extremist text”. Such a fool endeavor almost created a diplomatic accident with India, which only cooled down after the judge rejected Dvorkin’s motion as improper.
Such escalation of hate, brought to the Russian ban against Jehovah’s Witnesses which was sentenced in April 2017 on the basis of the Yarovaya Laws “against extremism, to protect the security of the Russian countries.”
But FECRIS and Dvorkin’s propaganda against so-called “cults” did not finish with that draconian measure.
As broadly exposed by HRWF in early October, 2017 (see: http://hrwf.eu/russia-fecris-vice-president-stands-behind-the-orthodox-church-against-non-orthodox-minorities/), on 27-29 September 2017 a closed-doors “anti-cult conference financed by the Russian state took place in Selekhard, a Russian city near the Polar Circle. Some sociologists of religions known to defend religious freedom for all were denied access to it. Anticultists from Italy, Canada, and Germany participated in the event. Among them were Alexander Dvorkin, vice-president of the European Federation of Centres of Research and information on Cults and Sects (FECRIS) who is ‘well-known’ for his hate speech against non Orthodox minorities, and Luigi Corvaglia, a member of the FECRIS board.”
In spite of all such glaring evidence of anti-religious activities, FECRIS never disavowed or reformed Alexander Dvorkin’s operation, even when (again from the above press release from HRWF), Dvorkin “was taking sides with China at an antisect conference in Beijing on 12-13 May 2008 specifically targeting Falun Gong although the repression against this group had been repeatedly denounced by the UN Commission of Human Rights, the European Parliament, the US State Department, the IS Commission on International Religious Freedom, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others.”