For works of alien science-fiction, it has been both the best of times and the worst of times recently in Moscow.
On the one hand, the folks at Paramount Pictures cleverly treated movie reporters to a one-of-a-kind Transformers: Dark Side of Moon junket in and around Red Square, so journalists would have a lot to write and talk about besides the wretched movie. On the other hand, the Church of Scientology has another Ruskie legal battle on its hands after a court in the unpronouncable suburb of Shchyolkovo declared L. Ron Hubbard‘s books (pictured) to be ban-worthy material of an extremist nature. Per the AP wire report:
Attempts by Russian authorities to ban Scientology literature have been overturned recently. In May, the Russian Justice Ministry removed Hubbard’s books from the list of banned literature after a decision by a court in Siberia was overturned. Scientology officials said they would protest the latest court decision.
It all adds up to the Church’s very own version of a summer blockbuster sequel with a Moscow twist, complete with a plot line that cynics would argue includes parallel versions of Michael Bay‘s gleaming Autobots and Decepticons. Stay tuned.