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Last updated August 25, 2016

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First case against believer on basis of new law flops
August 15, 2016
 
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American missionaries ordered out of Russia
August 25, 2016

First American missionary caught by anti-evangelism law
August 23, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses of Serov lose appeal in court
August 22, 2016

Guide to anti-evangelism law prepared by lawyers
August 21, 2016

Lessons from first anti-evangelism case
August 19, 2016

Putin chooses religious studies scholar to head education ministry
August 19, 2016

Numerous leaders in Moscow take on female circumcision question
August 19, 2016

Muslim female circumcision goes viral in Russian media
August 18, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses in Belarus denied registration and then arrested
August 16, 2016

First case against believer on basis of new law flops
August 15, 2016

Protestant law center further explains approach to new law
August 14, 2016

Russian president's council on human rights gives explanations of new law
August 12, 2016

Defense attorney of defendant in anti-evangelism trial speaks out
August 12, 2016

Evangelical attorney counsels believers about evangelism
August 12, 2016

Protestant law center explains approach to new law, continued
August 11, 2016

Moscow patriarchate responds to Constantinople awkwardly over Ukraine
August 10, 2016

Russian media see new laws as more restrictive than do protestants
August 9, 2016

Antievangelism law goes to court
August 7, 2016

Russian evangelicals plot response to new repressive laws
August 7, 2016

Protestant law center plans approach to implementation of restrictive law
August 4, 2016

Protestants confront resistance to their quest for buildings
August 4, 2016

Russian interior ministry confirms raid on Jehovah's Witnesses
August 4, 2016

Muslim missionaries expelled from Russia
August 3, 2016

Ukrainian clergyman found with explosives
August 3, 2016

Issue of teaching religion in Russian schools still festers
August 2, 2016

Moscow objects to Ukrainian Catholics' criticism
August 2, 2016

Church approves memorial to butcher of saints
August 1, 2016

Planting forbidden literature on Jehovah's Witnesses widespread
July 31, 2016

Russian evangelicals threatened by new laws
July 29, 2016

Violent action against peaceful Christians simultaneously in two Karelia cities
July 29, 2016

Constantinople patriarch to study Ukrainian autocephaly
July 28, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses and Orthodox play cat-and-mouse games
July 27, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses' literature seized at customs
July 25, 2016

New requirement for evangelistic publications
July 24, 2016

Evangelicals lose challenge to requirement to identify members
July 19, 2016

Russian government denies that anti-evangelism law threatens liberty
July 15, 2016

Another case against Jehovah's Witnesses
July 15, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses congregation shut down for refusing to let inspectors into Kingdom Hall
July 14, 2016

Informers do Jehovah's Witnesses in
July 13, 2016

American denies wrong-doing; few details available
July 12, 2016

UAPTs seen as lackey of Moscow patriarchate
July 11, 2016

Ukrainians cite document from Crete for autonomy
July 11, 2016

American clergyman arrested in Russia for visa violation
July 10, 2016

Patriarch Filaret anticipates action by Constantinople regarding Ukraine
July 8, 2016

National threat to Jehovah's Witnesses to be taken up in court
July 8, 2016

Putin tightens screws on religious activity
July 7, 2016

Russian Supreme Court adds to extremism verdicts against Jehovah's Witnesses
July 7, 2016

State Duma asked to curtail freedom of religious groups
July 6, 2016

Russian news source posts anti-Jehovah's Witnesses propaganda
July 5, 2016

Jewish leader disagrees with Orthodox leaders on anti-upbringing law
July 5, 2016

Belorussian Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector denied alternative service
July 4, 2016

Court orders dissolution of Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Orel
July 4, 2016

Church opposes parliament's "anti-upbringing law"
July 4, 2016

Russian military celebrates Muslim troops in division honoring Bolshevik butcher
July 4, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses framed in Crimea
July 4, 2016

Pentecostals threaten civil disobedience to anti-evangelism law
July 1, 2016

Putin's rights advisers oppose anti-evangelism law
July 1, 2016

Framed Jehovah's Witnesses of Saransk punished
June 30, 2016

Lawyers criticize anti-evangelism law
June 29, 2016

Crimean Mormons protected by city government
June 28, 2016

Security official wants anti-protestant action
June 28, 2016

State Duma changes evangelism law before adoption
June 24, 2016

Criticism of Duma's evangelism bill
June 24, 2016

Mainline religions feel threatened by antisect law
June 23, 2016

Russian protestants hear echoes of soviet times in proposed law
June 23, 2016

Proposed law would make Jehovah's Witnesses' evangelism illegal
June 22, 2016

Human rights advocate criticizes persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
June 21, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses framed in Penza
June 20, 2016

Russian parliament prepares to pass law regulating evangelism
June 20, 2016

Moscow church criticizes Ukrainian parliament
June 17, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses in northern Siberia warned by prosecutor
June 16, 2016

Ukrainian parliament tries to draw Constantinople patriarch in Ukrainian affairs
June 16, 2016

Jehovah's Witness fined for civil offense
June 16, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses lose appeal in Supreme Court
June 16, 2016

Russian lawmakers propose rescinding law used against Jehovah's Witnesses
June 15, 2016

Problems of Orthodox summit echo in Ukraine
June 15, 2016

Serbian church waffles on attendance at Orthodox summit
June 15, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses lose in Orel
June 15, 2016

More Jehovah's Witnesses' materials added to extremist list
June 14, 2016

Moscow patriarchate will not participate in Crete meeting
June 13, 2016

Orthodox leaders have variety of views on unity council
June 12, 2016

More Orthodox churches skipping world Orthodox meeting
June 10, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses lose in Supreme Court
June 9, 2016

Moscow church alarmed by Ukraine parliament
June 8, 2016

Little agreement among Orthodox churches about unity council
June 7, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses sue Moscow prosecutor
June 7, 2016

Prosecutor disputes decision favoring Arkhangelsk Jehovah's Witnesses
June 3, 2016

Extraordinary session of Moscow patriarchate's synod
June 3, 2016

Ukrainian population by religious affiliation
June 2, 2016

Moscow patriarchate faces possibility of failure of Orthodox meeting
June 2, 2016

Russian press reports ambiguous view of summit by Ukrainian Catholics
May 31, 2016

Appeal of Tikhoretsk Jehovah's Witnesses denied by court
May 30, 2016

Church and state reenact old Russian presence in Middle East
May 29, 2016

National Jehovah's Witnesses center defends member
May 27, 2016

Appeal of Chapaevsk Jehovah's Witnesses denied by courts
May 26, 2016

Appeal of Serov Jehovah's Witnesses denied by court
May 26, 2016

Trial to ban Jehovah's Witnesses begins in Orel
May 25, 2016

Russian senator tries to limit recruitment by sects
May 25, 2016

Bizarre case of self-professed cleric leads to fine
May 24, 2016

Story of arrest of supposed cleric of obscure religious denomination goes viral
May 20, 2016

New approach to combating Jehovah's Witnesses devised
May 20, 2016

Long interview: Chief church diplomat surveys current church affairs
May 19, 2016

Jehovah's Witness' display penalized as event without a permit
May 18, 2016

Ukrainian deputies accuse Orthodox priests of aiding Russia
May 17, 2016

Ukrainian religious and government officials review problems
May 17, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses defend right to build a Kingdom Hall in Moldova
May 17, 2016

Believers from unidentified religious organization to be tried
May 17, 2016

Ukrainian church contemplates compromise
May 16, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses devise way to visit banned website
May 13, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox Church seeks recognition
May 13, 2016

Kremlin council monitors religious scene at home and abroad
May 13, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses prevented from meeting even before court hears case
May 13, 2016

Rights and religious studies experts criticize bill in Ukrainian legislature
May 12, 2016

Jehovah's Witness fined for inviting neighbors to meeting
May 12, 2016

Russian officials harass Muslims in occupied Crimea
May 11, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses congregation challenged in North Ossetia
May 11, 2016

Jehovah's Witness leader loses appeal of conviction for extremism
May 10, 2016

Catholics challenge communists' celebration of Victory Day in Siberia
May 6, 2016

Moscow patriarch justifies Russian troops' actions
May 6, 2016

Expert analysis of Jehovah's Witnesses' book lists signs of extremism
May 6, 2016

Patriarch concerned about recent developments in Ukraine
May 1, 2016

Putin attends Easter service in Moscow
May 1, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox seek international support against proposed law
April 29, 2016

Rights advocacy journal defends Jehovah's Witnesses
April 28, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses raise questions about court proceedings
April 28, 2016

Improper use of extremism law against Jehovah's Witnesses

April 27, 2016

Jehovah's Witness on trial for literature distribution
April 27, 2016

Church discipline against dissenters in Moscow patriarchate
April 27, 2016

Trial to eliminate Arkhangelsk Jehovah's Witnesses begins
April 27, 2016

Another church-burning in Kiev
April 25, 2016

Ukrainian president pushes anti-Moscow moves
April 24, 2916

Ukrainian president says Ukrainians want their own church
April 23, 2016

Ukrainian lawmakers try to fix problems for conscientious objectors
April 22, 2016

Russian church deals with criticism from within Orthodoxy
April 22, 2016

Russian conscientious objectors denied alternative service
April 22, 2016

Ukrainian president promotes Ukrainian cause with Romanian Orthodox Church
April 22, 2016

New ombudsman for human rights for Russia
April 22, 2016

Missionary work in far north of Siberia
April 20, 2016

City government in Siberia seeks inter-religious peace
April 19, 2016

Fundamentalist criticism of Moscow patriarchate continues
April 19, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses in south Russia were framed
April 19, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses in southern Russia at risk of liquidation
April 18, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses win appeal in highest court
April 15, 2016

Veteran rights advocate supports Jehovah's Witnesses
April 14, 2016

Controversial sect-fighter gets establishment press attention
April 14, 2016

Muslim cleric fined for posting video on social network
April 14, 2016

Russian law enforcement plants evidence on Jehovah's Witnesses
April 13, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses' center resists attack
April 12, 2016

Rights advocacy center supports Jehovah's Witnesses
April 12, 2016

Ukrainian patriots remain in rebel-held territory
April 11, 2016

Special troops breakup Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses' meeting
April 9, 2016

Orthodox and Jehovah's Witnesses clash on streets of Chita
April 8, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses blame close relationship of church with state for their troubles
April 7, 2016

Siberian Mennonite pastor defends Jehovah's Witnesses
April 7, 2016

Prosecutor general issues warning against national office of Jehovah's Witnesses
April 7, 2016

Rights advocates express alarm about religious persecution
April 7, 2016

Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses state their defense
April 6, 2016

Authorities acknowledge mistake in arresting suspected sectarians
April 6, 2016

Three Swedish preachers expelled from Russia
April 6, 2016

Russia takes action against Japanese religious group
April 5, 2016

Church and state clash over art in Arkhangelsk
April 4, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox leader estimates that almost half of Ukrainians are in his church
April 4, 2016

Storm clouds gather over Jehovah's Witnesses
April 2, 2016

Legal existence of Jehovah's Witnesses center in Russia under threat
April 1, 2016

Provocations against Jehovah's Witnesses continue
April 1, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox bishop opposes world Orthodoxy meeting
April 1, 2016

Pro-Moscow Ukrainian church reports attacks
March 30, 2016

Patriarch Kirill provokes outburst by belittling human rights
March 29, 2016

Ukrainian bishops rebel against Moscow patriarch
March 29, 2016

Police raids "find" extremist literature in Jehovah's Witnesses' churches
March 28, 2016

Ukrainian Uniates note contradictory treatment by Orthodox
March 28, 2016

Kazakh police raid evangelical church
March 25, 2016

Kiev Pentecostal preacher confesses sexual indiscretions
March 25, 2016

Pro-Moscow Ukrainian Orthodox object to proposed law
March 25, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox violence against non-Orthodox
March 25, 2016

Russian human rights commissioner criticizes increasing violations
March 24, 2016

Ukrainian security service closes evangelical rehabilitation home
March 24, 2016

Ukrainian evangelical leaders condemn Kiev clergyman
March 24, 2016

Russian rights advocates worry about growing restrictions
March 23, 2016

Belorussian Jehovah's Witnesses attacked and defended
March 22, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses prepare to defend the Bible in court
March 16, 2016

Trial Of Jehovah's Witnesses' Bible postponed
March 15, 2016

Russian atheist challenges law protecting believers' feelings
March 14, 2016

Russian news media against Jehovah's Witnesses
March 13, 2016

Georgian church bends to fundamentalists
March 11, 2016

Neo-fascist vigilantes threaten Jehovah's Witnesses
March 11, 2016

Campaign against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian north
March 9, 2016

Orthodox figures ask Uniates for forgiveness
March 7, 2016

Prestigious educational institution gets large campus church
March 6, 2016

Why are Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted in Russia?
March 6, 2016

Ukrainian Uniates mark 70th anniversary of Stalin's attempt to wipe them out
March 4, 2016

Russian duma fights extortion by religious sects
March 3, 2016

Ukrainian Uniates address international audience
March 3, 2016

Moscow city government joins fight against new religious movements
March 2, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses' Bible under suspicion
March 1, 2016

Ukrainian religious leaders issue frantic call to save Ukrainian democracy
March 1, 2016

Ukrainian parliament may intervene in church seizures
March 1, 2016

Standoff in impounded church continues in Ukraine
February 29, 2016

Moldovan fundamentalists break fellowship with Moscow
February 28, 2016

Nationwide crack-down on Jehovah's Witnesses threatened
February 26, 2016

Russian parliament preparing restrictions on new religious groups
February 25, 2016

Propaganda war in Ukraine
February 24, 2016

Extremism ploy used against Jew
February 24, 2016

Orthodox pro and con about pope-patriarch meeting
February 23, 2016

Uniate leader has good relationship with pope
February 23, 2016

Debate over use of expert analysis of new religious movements
February 20, 2016

Russian parliament takes aim at new religious movements
February 19, 2016

Rights of conscientious objectors in Ukraine threatened (2)
February 18, 2016

Moscow patriarchate responds to Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader
February 17, 2016

Controversial bill on evangelism introduced in Russian parliament
February 17, 2016

Kiev Orthodox patriarchate criticizes pope-patriarch statement
February 15, 2016

Ukrainian Catholics disappointed in pope-patriarch statement
February 14, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses banned on flimsy evidence
February 12, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses in northern Russia lose appeal in court
February 10, 2016

Two Jehovah's Witnesses congregations abolished by courts
February 10, 2016

Patriarch-pope meeting disrupts Cuban aviation
February 10, 2016

Suspicious fire in evangelical church in central Ukraine
February 10, 2016

Rights of conscientious objectors in Ukraine threatened
February 9, 2016

Plight of Middle East Christians is focus of patriarch-pope dialogue
February 9, 2016

Ukrainian Catholics' take on pope-patriarch meeting
February 7, 2016

Fraudulent police tactics used against Jehovah's Witnesses
February 5, 2016

Diverse perceptions of Ukrainian question in world Orthodoxy
February 4, 2016

Ukrainian Catholic issue casts shadow over celebrated summit meeting in Cuba
February 5, 2016

Belorussian official threatens Jehovah's Witnesses with liquidation
February 3, 2016

Russians wary about ecumenical Orthodox get-together
February 3, 2016

All Russian Orthodox Church bishops meet in Moscow
February 2, 2016

Prosecutor's lawsuit to declare Jehovah's Witnesses extremist
February 2, 2016

Patriarch Kirill celebrates anniversary of his patriarchate
February 1, 2016

European leaders investigate religious rights situation in Crimea
February 1, 2016

Two top Russian courts bar Jehovah's Witnesses from Internet
January 31, 2016

Ukrainian church leader resists use of Ukrainian in liturgy
January 29, 2016

Ukrainian Christians quarrel among themselves about war
January 29, 2016

Ukrainian president reflects on upcoming world Orthodox gathering
January 29, 2016

Personnel shake-up in Ukrainian Orthodox Church
January 29, 2016

Moscow fares well at international conference
January 27, 2016

Rights advocate summarizes attempts to ban Jehovah's Witnesses
January 26, 2016

Russian law enforcement attacks Pentecostal pastor
January 26, 2016

Ukrainian church leaders justify pro-Moscow views
January 26, 2016

Russian Orthodox Church keeps trying to teach more religion in public schools
January 25, 2016

Kiev patriarchate complains about Kirill's report to Orthodox primates
January 25, 2016

Orthodox leader in Moldova tries to calm passions
January 24, 2016

Moscow patriarch stirs contention among Orthodox leaders
January 23, 2016

Moscow patriarch indicts Ukrainian Orthodox Church
January 22, 2016

Conflicts over Orthodox parishes in Ukraine with mixed outcomes
January 22, 2016

Another Russian province votes to hinder evangelism
January 21, 2016

Moscow politicians want to combat new religious trends
January 21, 2016

Ukrainian Uniate clergy who were victims of stalinist repression
January 20, 2016

Orthodox observe Epiphany with mass ice water dips
January 19, 2016

Conflict over leadership of Crimean Muslims
January 16, 2016

Orthodox spokesman acknowledges state support
January 15, 2016

Demoted Orthodox archpriest loses political position
January 15, 2016

Scientologists fight back in court
January 15, 2016

Poroshenko receives new Vatican envoy to Ukraine
January 13, 2016

Ukrainian Orthodox dissident speaks out
January 12, 2016

Repeated violent confrontations among Ukrainian Orthodox
January 12, 2016

Leadership of Crimean Muslims in dispute
January 11, 2016

Problem of Ukrainian language boiling up in church meetings
January 11, 2016

Russia still drags its feet on world Orthodox meeting
January 11, 2016

Conflicts among Muslims over Crimea
January 7, 2016

Moscow Orthodox leader makes "just war" case for Russia's bombing
January 7, 2016

Putin continues tradition of going to rural churches on Christmas Eve
January 7, 2016

Poroshenko expresses optimism for nation
January 6, 2016

Arson in Ukrainian church
January 6, 2016

Russian Christmas
January 6, 2016

Archpriest Chaplin's successor named
January 5, 2016

Patriarch Kirill approves Russian military actions
December 31, 2015

Leaflet war among Ukrainian Orthodox
December 30, 2015

Diverse ways that Jehovah's Witnesses violate Russian law
December 30, 2015

Chaplin calls for making Ukraine a Christian state
December 30, 2015

Russian foreign ministry complains about western inaction in Ukraine
December 29, 2015

Jehovah's Witnesses are special target of restrictive legislation
December 29, 2015

Dispute erupts over use of Ukrainian language in worship
December 29, 2015

Archpriest loses powerful position
December 29, 2015

Patriarch responds to criticism from deposed spokesman
December 29, 2015

Commentary on personnel shakeup in patriarchate
December 28, 2015

Ukrainian Orthodox church reports abuses
December 28, 2015

Shakeup in patriarchate reveals disputes within church
December 27, 2015

Chaplin's dismissal raises question of who is a real conservative
December 26, 2015

Another Russian state burdens religious evangelism
December 24, 2015

Prominent church spokesman stripped of authority
December 24, 2015

Dismissed patriarchal spokesman explains dispute with patriarch
December 24, 2015

Jehovah's Witness fined for possession of extremist material
December 15, 2015

European court accepts complaint from Russian pastor
December 14, 2015

Some Ukrainians seek to take prominent Kiev monastery from Moscow
December 10, 2015

Russian parliament questions how to deal with Jehovah's Witnesses
December 8, 2015

Moscow patriarchate fears subversion by non-Russian religions
December 8, 2015

Europeans investigate church conflicts in Ukraine
December 8, 2015

Russian governor threatens Jehovah's Witnesses
December 7, 2015

Some Orthodox fear Catholic crusade against Ukraine
December 7, 2015

Jehovah's Witnesses do not fit into neo-stalinist Russia
December 4, 2015

Location of 2016 world meeting of Orthodox churches in doubt (2)
December 1, 2015

Ukrainian Orthodox church building damaged by fire
December 1, 2015


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