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Churches in Ukraine robbed and shut down as conflict divides communities
Suspected separatist militiarobbed an Evangelical-Baptist churchin Kadiivka, around 30 miles from Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, on the night of 27 March 2018. Several people in military-style clothing arrived at the church in two cars and entered the empty building after 9:30 p.m. At 11 p.m. two trucks arrived and the men in uniform began to...
Christian gunned down in Egypt by masked men
A young Christian manwas gunned downlast Saturday (13 January) in El Arishafter returning to his hometown following last year’s attacks on the Christian community. Bassem Shehata Haraz (27) returned to the town to work but was identified as a Christian and shot. He had originally fled along with the entire Christian community in February 2017following...
Egyptian Christians will beofficially permittedto hold meetings in unlicensed buildings, pending their formal recognition as places of worship, following a decision by the government’s Ministry of Housing. Ottoman-era restrictions on church building were officially abolished in 2016, but requests for the formal registration of 2,600 buildings as places...
New law in Bolivia threatens preaching and ‘witnessing’
Christians in Boliviaare warning they could be about to see theend of religious freedomin their country under a new law which brackets criminal groups with religious organisations. The law bans people trying to‘recruit’ others to take part in ‘armed conflicts or religious or worship organisations’. This could mean that street preaching is banned,...
IRAN: CHRISTIANS RECEIVE EIGHT YEAR SENTENCES
Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017, after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each received seven-year sentences for “creating a group that works against...
By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 Uzbekistanstill searches homes and fines people for meeting and having religious literature, claiming in one case to look for a gun. After one person admitted to reading Christian books at home, their home was raided and Bible confiscated. Elsewhere, a Bible was destroyed. On 10 November police in Andijan in eastern...
By Felix Corley, Forum 18 Azerbaijan continues to raid religious communities meeting without state permission, and large fines are normally then imposed. After one such raid an Aliabad Baptist has been told he must pay a fine of over three months average salary by the end of 2017. Despite never receiving a written decision in the year since...
By Felix Corley, Forum 18 Alongside police, secret police and State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations, a growing role in raids on religious communities and prosecutions seems to be played by Religious Affairs Commissions attached to local administrations. Fines of three months' average wages often follow raids. In 2017, officials...
By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Following the Supreme Court ban on allJehovah's Witnessactivity – in force since July - Regional Justice Ministry branches are preparing to sell off their confiscated property. Military call-up offices have denied several army conscripts the option of alternative civilian service. Jehovah's Witnesses experience increased...
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Statistical Information about Baptism in Central Asia
CRIMEAN AUTHORITIES INTEND TO NATIONALIZE THE UKRAINIAN CHURCHES ON THE PENINSULA
REASONS FOR THE “ANTI-SECTARIAN” PROPAGANDA ON RUSSIAN TV CHANNELS EXPLAINED BY ANATOLY PCHELINTSEV
PRIEST DETAINED AGAIN FOR BIBLE RECITAL IN A SOCHI CAFÉ
NOVOUKRAINKA, KAZAKHSTAN – CONVICTION FOR EVANGELISM
Three convictions for faith in God
Two more Baptists persecuted in Kazakhstan
HE WAS TORTURED AND THREATENED WITH INCITEMENT TO SUICIDE
BAPTISTS FINED FOR EVANGELISM IN SMOLENSK
SPIRITUAL FATHER OF PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA ACCUSED PROTESTANT REHABILITATION CENTERS OF PROSELYTISM
 
 
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