France Offers Asylum To Iraqi Christians

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - 29/7/14 France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. France's foreign and interior ministers said in a joint statement in Paris on July 28 that "we are ready, ...

Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

By Abdul Hamid Zebari Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 24/7/14 Rawan Jinan, a 25-year-old Iraqi Christian, says when she received an order on June 18 to leave Mosul within 24 hours, she could not believe her eyes. The order came in the form of a letter delivered to every Christian home by the Islamic State, formerly known as the ...

Georgia’s Antidiscrimination Law Opposed By Church Comes Into Effect

Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia

May 2014- Radio Free Europe Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed an antidiscrimination bill into law.  The law went into force after it was published on the state online registry of legal acts on May 7. Meanwhile, on May 6, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, said of the bill that the legalization ...

Russia’s Orthodox Culture Warrior Comes To The Aid Of Kosovo’s Serbs

Jasmina Scekic - Radio Free Europe 4/2/14 NORTH MITROVICA, Kosovo -- It's a real Catch-22 trying to open a nongovernmental organization in a country you don't recognize. After all, it's hard to apply for registration from officials you regularly denounce as "occupiers." This is the dilemma faced by Vitaly Milonov, a municipal legislator from the Russian city of ...

One Armenian’s Fateful Escape from the Titanic

Krekprian rarely spoke about his experience on the Titanic

BY DAISY SINDELAR From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 14/4/2012 Neshan Krekorian was barely in his twenties when his father urged him to emigrate from western Armenia and start a new life far away across the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of Armenians were doing the same, in a bid to escape rising violence and persecution at the hands of Ottoman-era Turks. So ...

Orthodox Believers Stand Up For Jailed Anti-Putin Punk Rockers

Sympathizers rallied in support of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova outside a Moscow police station on March 8.

9/3/2012 Radio Free Europe Public outrage is mounting over the jailing of two Russian women accused of staging an illegal anti-Kremlin performance in Moscow's largest church. Investigators claim the pair belong to the all-girl dissident punk group Pussy Riot that broke into Christ the Savior Cathedral last month and performed a caustic "punk prayer" from the altar. The young ...