Church of Scientology Welcomes Drug Prevention Cyclists on Hollywood Stop of Worldwide Tour

Circling the globe by bike in the name of a drug-free world

Reverend Bob Adams of the Church of Scientology International and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Leron Gubler welcomed two Russian Federation athletes April 1st, who are raising awareness of the need for drug education. The cyclists, Alen Khairullin and Pavel Grachev were in Hollywood today having just reached the halfway mark on their route to circle the globe.

The cyclists embarked on their journey to do their part in bringing about a drug-free world. They hold drug education and prevention events and distribute copies of the Truth About Drugs booklets – sponsored by the Church of Scientology – throughout their journey. This week they will meet with at-risk youth at a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after-school intervention program and with civic leaders in Pasadena.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Leron Gubler said: “It is an honor to welcome the cyclists from Tatarstan to Hollywood as they continue their efforts to promote the Truth About Drugs.”

Launching their project in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, on November 12, 2012, the two athletes are also promoting the 2013 Universiade, an international biannual sports event organized by FISU (the International University Sports Federation).

The trek, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the two-year bicycle circumnavigation of the globe by Kazan-born Onisim Pankratov, is timed to complete in Kazan on July 6, 2013, just before the opening ceremony of the 27th Summer Universiade.

Their journey is supported by the President of Tatarstan and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism, and they received an official send-off from the Prime Minister of Tatarstan.

Cyclists Khairullin and Grachev will preside at drug education and prevention events as they bike their way back home through eastern Russia.

The Church of Scientology has published a brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports. To learn more or to read a copy of the brochure, visit

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”

The Church of Scientology supports the Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns, and Scientologists on five continents volunteer year-round to make this program broadly available. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.