FECRIS vice-president Alexander Dvorkin, his drugs-addiction and the anti-cult scenery in Russia

As reported by online press (http://pstgu.ru/news/university/2018/06/01/76179/), Alexander Dvorkin (http://www.fecris.net/alexander-dvorkin-aleksandr-leonidovich-dvorkin) was newly appointed as the vice-president of FECRIS in early June 2018 in the occasion of their yearly conference in Riga, Latvia.

Dvorkin at FECRIS meeting Riga 2018

A 2014 press report (http://news.rufox.ru/texts/2014/07/10/277781.htm) summarized a full investigative report published by a media named “Tribuna” (no longer available), which gives a very ‘unaligned’ view of the actual background behind this anti-cult representative who has been so active in the last 25 years, to attack and fight non-Orthodox (in any and all senses) minorities. A full translation of this press report follows below, with edited highlighting.

Alexander Dvorkin Polit.ru article 2014 July 10.jpgTopic: Society

07/10/2014 09:43

The main Russian sectologist exposed as a drugs-addicted

Alexander Dvorkin, chairman of an expert council entitled to perform religious expertise on behalf of the government at the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, also the founder of one of the schools of Russian “sectology”, has turned out to be a drugs addict. So the findings of an investigation recently revealed from the pages of the newspaper Tribuna.

According to that media, a number of acquaintances from past close circles of Alexander Dvorkin, have testified that this sectologist had serious problems with drugs, he used to “dabble in weed” and even enjoyed inhalation of volatile vapors of household chemicals or, as they commonly say, he “sniffed solvents”. Which (the latter) is classified by drug experts as a “substance abuse”, which is considered to be one of the most serious forms of drugs addiction, with extremely destructive and irreversible consequences for a person’s health. Experts consider dementia in particular as one of the possible consequences of substance abuse.

News of Dvorkin’s narcotic past echoes recent information that he was a young man in a psychiatric facility for a long time under supervision, with a number of psychiatric diagnoses, some of which are not considered curable. Tribuna includes comments from well-known drug experts, who claim a high likelihood of incurable mental disorders due to systematic use of drugs. Moreover, drugs use in addition to a background of existing mental illnesses, can worsen their course and lead to serious exacerbation.

In his investigation, the Tribuna journalist has found many interesting details from Alexander Dvorkin’s life, which were never mentioned before. These especially include signs that this sectologist in his youth was not only addicted to drug use, but also engaged in their illegal dealing (trafficking) among hippies in a circle of nonconformist youth. According to Tribuna, being a drug addict himself, Dvorkin was also enabled to retrieve narcotic substances because at that time he worked as a hospital worker in an intensive care ward.

Indirectly, this fact confirms the testimony of a former acquaintance of Dvorkin’s (the head of one of Yandex’s projects, Sergey Moskalev), who stated that Dvorkin “was different in that he tried to assign roles - who is a real hippie, who isn’t a real hippie”; in another comment he explained: “He was a hippie junkie, his main idea of himself and what his company should look like, was to drive out those hippies who were not addicts – for in his opinion, if not addicts, then those hippies were not real ones.” So Dvorkin has been dividing people since his youth into the good ones and the bad ones, moreover he apparently did so, with a well-defined goal that could have a pretty material component besides its ideological one.

All of the above, of course, raises many question marks regarding the qualifications of Alexander Dvorkin to hold the position of a “chief expert on religions” at the Ministry of Justice. A well-known public figure, Sergei Komkov, even recently addressed the leadership of the Ministry of Justice with an official letter concerning this – a clear answer to which he has not received yet, for unknown reasons.

The more time passes, the more comical the situation looks: a person with such a past holds a position that allows him to determine the status of religious organizations, some of which have millions of followers in Russia. Of course, this cannot go on forever. A replacement for Dvorkin in the chair of the council chairman will in any case be found. Now the main question is, based on what criteria he or she will be selected. Whether or not Ministry employees will take into account past mistakes and put a real scientist in Dvorkin’s place, or they will simply exchange one sectologist for another – this is something really intriguing.

However, if the second option is chosen, serious difficulties may arise with candidates, because the anti-cult community (even without Dvorkin) has recently suffered significant reputation losses. For instance, in a dissertation written by sectologist Alexander Kuzmin, a plagiarism was recently discovered, which was half (!) of his text. Vyacheslav Naumov, another anti-cult representative from Novosibirsk, was convicted for pedophilia at the end of last year. A sectologist from Yaroslavl, Yevgeny Mukhtarov, who is also on the Expert Council under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, as it turned out recently, does not even have a complete university education (!). Alexander Korelov, an anti-cult and Dvorkin's lawyer, was repeatedly noted for attempting to make false statements in the history of the publication of Dvorkin's psychiatric documents. To his authorship, too, the scandalous “disowning” belongs of Dvorkin's psychiatric documents, which not only contained a lot of obviously inaccurate information, but even contradicted itself. About the young sectologist from Novgorod, Alexander Chausov, it is known that he is seriously abusing alcohol, because of which had continuos trouble in his work at a university of his city, where he teaches journalism, so his candidacy is unlikely to be seriously considered.

There is also a sectologist from Khabarovsk, Igor Ivanishko, whose behavior on closer examination is unlikely to seem completely adequate. For example, his attempt to “prevent” a charitable action of the Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Khabarovsk: though a graduated in law (!), Ivanishko accused the Hare Krishnas of trying to distribute “sacrificial food”, he attempted to create disturbance on the street by provoking some of the Krishna young men with offensive leaflets, then in a not-less-strange article, through legal terms he tried to imply a sort of “ritual desecration” on the part of the Krishnas. Which immediately recalls a similar performance by Alexander Dvorkin around 2010, when he broke into a similar charity event of the Hare Krishnas in Moscow where they were distributing fruit to disabled children, claiming that “Krishna had moved into that fruit so it was damned” and taking it away from children’s hands.

However, investigation of Dvorkin's narcotic hobbies by the Tribuna journalist, ends with the following questions: Can a person with such a “abundant” and dubious past be a scientist? Can he honestly cover the issue of cults? Can he really be an expert at the Ministry of Justice? Can an addict with a psychiatric diagnosis be the master of fate, deciding which religion is allowed to exist in Russia, and which is not? The journalist could not find answers to these questions. However, to finish with, she expressed a hope that “sooner or later we all will know the truth.”