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Moon "Scholarship" [Bridgeport, CT]

Vol. 10, No. 6, 1993

Cult Observe

Four days before a Connecticut state board renewed the accreditation of the University of Bridgeport-which recently came under the control of the Unification Church-funded Professors World Peace Academy-two young Russians held a news conference in Bridgeport to say that they had been promised scholarships in exchange for taking Unification Church training. The news conference was organized by the Bridgeport-based Coalition of Concerned Citizens, which opposed the takeover. Konstantin Karpachov, 25, and Spartak Sotmikov, 22, who have sued Unification Church groups for fraud and the infliction of emotional distress, said they experienced "brainwashing, sleep deprivation, and coercion by the Moon organization" during a 40-day California seminar they attended. (From 2 Accuse Unification Church of ‘coercion,’" New York Times, 2/23/93)

. . and More Media

Inside Media reports that a company directly affiliated with Moon’s Unification Church owns a major share of Nostalgia Television, a cable TV network, and is hoping to buy it all. According to a 1990 Unification Church document called "Father’s Instructions," a key church goal was described as "national organization of the video and electronic media business." (From "The Rev. Moon Is Into Nostalgia," San Francisco Chronicle, 5/13/93)

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