Oct 21, 2015

Authorities uncover Aum cult cell in Moscow: Russian media

Local Russian authorities have uncovered a cell of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult in central Moscow, according to media reports. The authorities are investigating the group under the suspicion that it “created an organization that infringes on citizens’ rights.” The cult, which originated in ...

Tokyo subway attack still baffles 20 years on

| Mar 20, 2015

Tokyo subway attack still baffles 20 years on

As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of the fatal nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, experts say the horrifying case still leaves more questions than answers about what motivated the killings. Thirteen people died and 6,000 were sickened after the doomsday ...

Asahara daughter speaks out on '95 sarin attack

Mar 19, 2015

Asahara daughter speaks out on '95 sarin attack

The fourth daughter of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara recently expressed regret over the sarin nerve gas attack the doomsday cult carried out on the Tokyo subway system on March 20, 1995. The gassing 20 years ago killed 13 people and left more than ...

Mar 18, 2015

Former Aum member appeals nine-year prison term

A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult is appealing a Tokyo High Court decision in early March to uphold his nine-year prison sentence, court officials said Wednesday. The appeal by Makoto Hirata, 49, who had been on the run for almost 17 years ...