The Aum Shinrikyo religious cult, accused of carrying out the fatal sarin gas attacks in Tokyo’s subway system in 1995, has opened a software development firm and resumed ties with followers in Russia, members said Tuesday.

About 40 Aum members are involved in developing software for the company, with 21 of them providing finances to set up the firm, the members said. The company, established in Tokyo in late August, began full-scale operations this month, they said.

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