#Press release on November
<5> Russian issues
The other day a media organ sent us an inquiry about our
Russian connection. Using this opportunity, we would like to make a brief
explanation about it.
Since some former Russian followers of Aum Shinrikyo were
found involved in a criminal case last year, we have been carefully watching
other former Russian followers.
While we are currently keeping in touch with them either
by email, by telephone or by directly meeting with them, we are also informing
the Security authorities in Japan of what is going on between Russia and
For example, in a regular report submitted to the Public Security Investigation
Agency on November 15 of 2001, we voluntarily attached the list of the
names and addresses of Aleph followers and former Aum Shinrikyo Russian
followers who are still keeping in touch with us, together with contact
places of Aleph followers in Russia. We are also making an oral explanation
on a regular basis to the PSIA and the MPD's Public Safety Department
We keep the relationship with former Aum Shinrikyo Russian
followers because we think we need to make our new policy well understood
by them, so that they will never repeat the incident. We believe our attempt
is in line with the intension of Japans public security authorities
and will be beneficial to Japanese people as well. If Russian authorities
ask us to provide them similar information, we will respond to that favorably.