Biggest in the Central Asia Orthodox church opened in Bishkek

December 14, 2015 Featured News

Interfax-religion – 14/12/15 Bishkek, December 10, Interfax – The Church of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, the biggest in the Central Asia, was consecrated and officially opened on Thursday, the local diocesan press service told Interfax Head of the Central Asian Metropolitan District, Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan chaired the consecration. Hierarchs from Uzbekistan, Russia, […]

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Leaders of Christian Churches from thirteen countries call to peace in Ukraine

March 2, 2014 News

February-March 2014 We, representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian communities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Estonia, have gathered together to express our common opinion on the issues of vital concern for people in our countries. These days, our prayers and sincere concern are for […]

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Religious research specialist urges to toughen punishment for extremism in Russia

July 6, 2013 News

Orenburg, July 3, Interfax – The lack of applicable legislation attracts a great number of extremists to Russia, religious research specialist, deputy head of the Expert Council for State Religious Expertise at the Russian Justice Ministry Roman Silantyev believes. “If Russia had good antiextremist legislation, we would have less religious extremists, they would leave our […]

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Faith Digest: Report names Turkey as offender

March 30, 2012 News

30/3/2012 Turkey cited for religious freedom woes. Turkey stands as a new and controversial addition to an annual list of the worst offenders of religious freedom released by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Four of nine commissioners objected to adding Turkey to the list of Countries of Particular Concern—a who’s who of dictatorships […]

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Tajik Senate approves bill prohibiting minors from visiting Mosques, Churches

July 23, 2011 News

Dushanbe, July 21, Interfax – The Tajik parliament’s upper house has unanimously approved a bill “On the Responsibility of Parents for Upbringing and Education of Their Children”, which prohibits minors from visiting mosques and churches. The bill will enter into force as soon as it is signed by President Emomali Rahmon and published in the […]

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Sole Orthodox Church In Southern Tajik District Closed

April 23, 2011 News

21/4/2011 KHATLON, Tajikistan, — The local authorities in a district in southern Tajikistan have closed its only Orthodox church, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports. Local official Dilbar Nurova said on April 20 that the church in the Jaloliddin Rumi district of Khatlon Province was closed because it was not officially registered. She said the congregation had […]

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Christians Criticize Tajik Bill Barring Youth From Churches, Mosques

February 18, 2011 Featured News

17/2/2011 QURGHONTEPPA, Tajikistan — Russian Orthodox Christians in southern Tajikistan are critical of a draft law on “parental responsibility” that would ban children under 18 from worshipping in churches, mosques, and other houses of worship, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports. Nikolay Golub, the pastor of the Russian Orthodox Church in Qurghonteppa, told RFE/RL on February 16 […]

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