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Systematic harassment of NGOs underway

ST. PETERSBURG PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE INSPECTS WORK OF CATHOLIC CHARITY CENTER
Interfax-Religiia, 4 April 2013

Employees of the prosecutor's office of St. Petersburg, the Russian Consumer Protection agency, and other regulatory agencies arrived for an inspection in the Catholic humanitarian center Karitas, the director of the organization, Natalia Pevtsova, told Interfax on Thursday.

"Yesterday representatives of a number of regulatory services came to our place for an inspection, seven persons in all. They were the prosecutor's office, and the Committee on Education, and Russian Consumer Protection, and the fire inspector, and tax police. They checked everything, from the condition of the toilets to our documents for charitable activity," N. Pevtsova said.

Representatives from the monitoring agencies took copies of documents from the humanitarian center. "They promised to give us an answer on Monday regarding the results of the inspection," the news agency's interlocutor said.

As has been reported, the St. Petersburg prosecutor's office began inspections of noncommercial organizations of the city on 19 March. At the press service of the office Interfax was told earlier that it is planned during the course of a month to conduct random inspections of noncommercial organizations, of which there are about 5,000 in the city. The NGOs are being checked for evidence of extremism and terrorism in their activity, as well as compliance with sanitary and epidemiological legislation and fire safety. (tr. by PDS, posted 4 April 2013)

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Toward a national ban on hijabs in schools

HIJAB BAN IN TATARSTAN SCHOOL EXPLAINED BY HYGIENE RULES
Interfax-Religiia, 4 April 2013

Schoolchildren wearing scarves violate health regulations, declared the head of the Department for Work with News Media of the Ministry of Education and Science of Tatarstan, Alsu Mukhmetova, in regard to the situation in school N. 5 of Nizhnekamsk, whose pupils attend classes in hijabs.

"I would like to remind you that according to rules and regulations of hygiene, children and teenagers are not permitted to wear head coverings indoors during classes, since this is the cause of various illnesses and may reduce visibility," A. Mukhametova told Interfax.

Previously, the prosecutor's office of Nizhnekamsk demanded from the administration of school No. 5 to straighten things out regarding the school uniform of pupils of the Tatar class who have been covering their heads with scarves and wearing long skirts.

A. Mukhametova also recalled that the school is a secular educational institution, financed from the municipal budget. "There is a madrassa under the Ecclesiastical Board of Muslims of Tatarstan, of course, and there the children may wear hijabs and skullcaps and read the prayer, but not in the secular school," she said.

She said that now the Ministry of Health of the republic, on orders from the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, is developing regulations regarding the school uniform that will clearly prescribe specifically that the uniform must comply with the sanitary rules and regulations.

"How this uniform will look will be decided by each school independently, but the sanitary rules must be observed in the required way. I think that by 1 September all problems will be resolved," the news agency's source said. (tr. by PDS, posted 4 April 2013)


MUSLIMS INTEND TO FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO WEAR MUSLIM SCARVES IN SCHOOLS
Dispute over hijab spreads to Tatarstan
by Gleb Postnov
Nezavisimaia Gazeta, 3 April 2013

The prosecutor's office of Nizhnekamsk demanded of the administration of school No. 5 to straighten things out regarding the school uniform of pupils of the Tatar class who have been covering their heads with scarves and performing prayers. In the opinion of the regulatory agency, Muslim dress and prayers during recess do not conform to the secular character of an educational institution. Prosecutors' demands have already provoked the anger of the pupils' parents.

Muslim rights advocates intend to defend the right of the girls to wear hijabs in schools. As NG reported, such attempts ended unsuccessfully in Stavropol.  The controversy in Nizhnekamsk began when the prosecutor's office found inconsistencies in the school's charter with the rule of the law "On education."

Parallel with this, prosecutor's office staff called attention to the "nonconforming" appearance of the clothing of the local pupils, wrapped from head to toe in traditional Muslim clothing. As became clear, teachers are wearing hijabs in the school, and along with them the pupils of the so-called Tatar class also (a class with a predominance of ethnic Tatars and in-depth study of Tatar language and literature—NG). After concluding that such a "dress code" is a violation of the rules of a secular academic institution, the prosecutor's office in early March ordered that the hijab be eliminated from the daily life of the pupils. After ten days, which were allocated for remedying the situation, nothing had changed in the school, and the prosecutor's demand itself provoked an angry reaction from the Muslims of Nizhnekamsk.

The school tried to react calmly to the situation. Moreover, as the acting principal of high school No. 5, Firaia Akhmetova, explained to NG, no one prohibited pupils of the Tatar class from coming to class in hijabs; the issue was simply amending the school charter. "During the conversation with the staff of the prosecutor's office, the question really was about Muslim style of dress of the pupils of our school, but there was no prohibition of the hijab," Akhmetova assures. "They required us to introduce a students' uniform in compliance with the new requirements of the law, but we will decide for ourselves whether to dress our children with scarves in the new uniform or not."

An assistant prosecutor of Nizhnekamsk, Airat Saifutdinov, confirmed for NG that a protest had been issued against high school students wearing Muslim religious clothing, but he declined to reveal details, claiming not to know all the details of the case. The cell phone of the senior aid to the prosecutor of Nizhnekamsk, Ruslan Gareev, who participated in the prosecutorial inspection of school No. 5, was not answered.

According to NG's information, recently school No. 5 was visited by representatives of the Tatar Islamic Community Center named for Rustem Valiullina (an attorney defending the accused in trials in cases of religious extremists). Muslim rights advocates promised the administration of the school help and legal support in its possible confrontation with the authorities of Nizhnekamsk and the prosecutor's office on matters of hijab wearing. (tr. by PDS, posted 4 April 2013)


MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE ESTABLISHES REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN'S DRESS
Religiia i pravo, 3 April 2013

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian federation sent to the component entities of the RF a recommendation to adopt model regulatory legal acts establishing the requirements for schoolchildren's dress. For this, the ministry sent to the regions a model regulatory legal act of a component entity [subject] of the Russian federation for establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education.

The sample act says that unified requirements in the dress of schoolchildren in the educational programs of elementary, middle, and high school general education are being introduced in order, among other things, to eliminate indicators of religious diversity among schoolchildren.

LETTER

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
28 March 2013

Re: Establishing requirements in schoolchildren's clothing

In connection with increasingly frequent questions regarding regulating the requirements of school clothing of pupils, and also the federal law of 29 December 2012, "On education in the Russian federation (hereinafter "Law")" that will take effect on 1 September 2013 and according to which the establishment of the requirements for schoolchildren's dress falls within the competence of the educational organization if it is not otherwise established by the Law or a legislature of a component entity of the Russian federation (point 18, part 3, article 28 of the Law), the Russian Ministry of Education and Science is sending for use a model regulatory legal act of a component entity of the Russian federation for establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education
 (hereinafter, Model Act).

At the same time the Ministry of Education and Science informs that experience of introducing unified requirements for clothing of pupils exists in many general educational institutions of the republics of Karelia and Tatarstan, Stavropol territory, and the Belgorod, Leningrad, Moscow, Omsk, Orenburg, Penza, Rostov, Saratov, Ulianovsk, Yaroslavl provinces, and in other component entities of the Russian federation.

Thus, the order of the government of Stavropol territory of 31 October 2012 established "basic requirements for school clothing and appearance of pupils in state general education institutions of Stavropol territory and municipal general education institutions of municipal educations of Stavropol territory."

A number of component entities of the Russian federation have established various mechanisms of financial support both for different categories of citizens for acquiring school clothing and also for organizations engaged in its production (republics of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Chuvashia and Amur, and Briansk, Orenburg, and Sakhalin provinces).

In the opinion of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, these approaches facilitate implementation by agencies of state authorities of component entities of the Russian federation the requirements of subpoint "b" of the decree of the president of the Russian federation of 5 May 1993, "On measures for social support of families with many children" (in the version of the decree of the president of the Russian federation of 25 February 2003) in the parts of the establishing by agencies of state authority of component entities of the Russian federation of free provision of clothing for attending classes as well as of athletic uniforms for the entire period of study of children from families with many children in general educational institutions.

In addition, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science requests giving attention to the fact that a letter was sent from Russian Consumer Protection on 9 November 2012 on questions of improving federal governmental sanitary and epidemiological supervision of the attendance of children in general educational institutions, including also in the part establishing the procedure of wearing school clothing, items of children's clothing, and the wearing by children and teenagers of head covering indoors.

On the basis of the aforementioned, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science recommends:

To adopt a regulatory legal act establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education;

To organize, along with agencies of local administration of municipal regions and urban areas, explanatory work with the participation of regional services of Russian Consumer Protection with the administrations of educational institutions, parents, pupils, and the pedagogical community on the question of introducing requirements for schoolchildren's clothing.

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science requests to be informed of decisions adopted in the region for establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education, within the submission of the annual information on readiness of educational organizations for the new school year.

D.V. Livanov

Model regulatory legal act of a component entity of the Russian federation for establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education

To approve the regulatory legal act of a component entity of the Russian federation for establishing requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education because the federal law of 29 December 2012 "On education in the Russian federation (hereinafter, the Law)" will take effect on 1 September 2013, according to which the establishment of the requirements for schoolchildren's dress falls within the competency of the educational organization if it is not otherwise established by the Law or a legislature of a component entity of the Russian federation (article 28 of the Law).

1. Unified requirements for clothing of pupils in accordance with the curricula of elementary, middle, and high school general education (hereinafter, clothing of pupils) are adopted in order to:

provide pupils comfortable and attractive clothing in everyday school life;
eliminate signs of social, material, and religious diversity among pupils;
prevent the creation in pupils of psychological discomfort before peers;
strengthen the overall image of the educational organization and formation of school identity.

2.  Requirements for clothing of pupils and the necessity of wearing it are established by a local regulatory action of the educational organization.

3.  The overall appearance of the clothing of pupils and its color and fashion are determined by the body of state and public administration of the educational organization (council of the school, parents' committee, a class or school-wide parents' meeting, trustees council, and others).

4.  General educational organizations have the right to establish the following types of clothing of pupils:
1) everyday wear,
2) dressy clothing,
3) sportswear.
Dressy clothing is used by pupils on days commemorating holidays and festive all-school assemblies. For boys and youths, dressy school clothing consists of everyday school clothes supplemented by a colorful dress shirt or festive accessory. For girls and teenagers, dressy school clothing consists of everyday school clothes supplemented by a colorful blouse or festive accessory.
Sportswear is used by pupils in physical education and athletics classes.
Clothing of pupils may have insignia of the educational organization (class, associates of classes): emblems, badges, pins, neckties, and the like.

5. Clothing of pupils should conform to the sanitary and epidemiological rules and regulations "Hygiene requirements in clothing for children, teenagers, and adults, children's goods, and materials for products making contact with human skin. SanPiN 2.4.7/1.1.1286-03," which was approved by order of the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian federation of 17 April 2003.

6.  Clothing of pupils should be appropriate to the weather and location of the conduct of academic classes and the temperature conditions indoors.

7. The appearance and clothing of pupils of state and municipal educational organizations must conform to standards of everyday style generally accepted in society and must bear a secular character.

8.  It is not recommended for pupils to wear in educational institutions clothing, footwear, or accessories that may cause injury or that are symbols of asocial informal youth associations or that promote psychoactive substances or illegal behavior.

9.  The decision to introduce requirements for clothing for pupils of general education institutions should be made by all participants in the educational process (art. 26 of the Law), taking into account the material costs for families with low income or many children. (tr. by PDS, posted 5 April 2013)


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Parents complain Orthodoxy being imposed on children

CHELIABINSK PARENTS OF SCHOOLCHILDREN SUE TO CANCEL "FOUNDATIONS OF ORTHODOX CULTURE" COURSE
Portal-credo.ru, 3 April 2013

Parents of pupils of school No. 15 of Miass, Cheliabinsk province, are seeking through the courts to cancel teaching there "Foundations of Orthodox culture," since, they say, this course is being imposed on the children, leaving no freedom of choice. RIA Novosti reports this on 3 April, citing a representative of the Miass city court.

In late March the director of the municipal government institution of the Miass city education district, Irina Nevraeva, stated that the principal of the local school No. 15 who is accused of "imposing Orthodoxy" will be dismissed from her position. At the same time Nevraeva emphasized that one should not connect the principal's dismissal with the parents' complaints about "imposing Orthodox lessons" in the school, and that the issue is "conflict resolution."

Previously information had been circulated in news media that parents of pupils of this Miass school had filed a civil suit demanding that the right of choice be inserted in the curriculum: to let their children study Orthodox culture, the history of all religions, or secular ethics. They described the unhealthy atmosphere in the school and what their children had to face there. In particular, they described how pupils were acting up and misbehaving and their teachers are saying that "they have a black soul which should be brought to God," the Siberian News Agency reported.

According to recen tinformation from RIA Novosti, a Live Journal blog writer, using the nickname "avmalgin," wrote on 2 April that religion is being forced on pupils in one of the schools of the city of Miass. "The whole school is decorated with icons and religious symbols, and in music classes the children sing only religious psalms and they do not know the simplest children's songs like 'The grasshopper sat in the grass,'" the blogger wrote. He also maintains that teachers walk about the school with bells to cast out demons, and the parents of all unbaptized children are forced to baptize them.

"A lawsuit was filed in Miass city court by parents of pupils of the school who pointed out that they do not consent to the introduction into the curriculum of the second and third grades of the elective subject 'Foundations of Orthodox culture.' They based their demands on the fact that pupils and parents do not have guarantees of the right of choice of one of the six modules of the course 'Foundations of religious cultures and secular ethics,'" the news agency's source said. She said that the plaintiffs request the introduction of corrections in the curriculum for 2013 and substitution of the required subject "Foundations of Ortghodox culture" with "Foundations of secular ethics" or "Foundations of world religious cultures." A representative of the court noted that consideration of the lawsuit is scheduled for the middle of April.

Meanwhile, the school administration has denied reports that religion is imposed on the pupils. "This is all untrue. There has been no Orthodoxy since last fall," a representative of the institution told RIA Novosti. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2013

Related article:     "Local schools violate principles of religion course,"   March 12, 2013


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Prosecutor protests punishment of hijab wearer

PROSECUTOR STANDS UP FOR STUDENT EXPELLED IN KRASNOYARSK FOR WEARING HIJAB
Interfax-Religiia, 3 April 2013

The prosecutor of the Soviet district of Krasnoyarsk protested the decision of the Krasnoyarsk State Medical University to expel a third-year woman student of that school for wearing religious clothing.

"The prosecutor of the Soviet district issued two protests for eliminating violations:  on the point of the rules of internal regulations (of the university—IF) providing for the prohibition of wearing items of clothing that emphasize the student's religious affiliation and on the order for expelling the student," the press service of the prosecutor's office of Krasnoyarsk reported Wednesday.

As is said in the report, the prosecutor's office of the district conducted a verification of the legality of the expulsion of the student, who violated the rules of the internal regulations established in the university which prohibit students from wearing religious clothing. The verification found a violation of the Russian federal law "On education."

In their turn, a number of news media have specified that this matters deals with a 19-year-old native of Dagestan who was expelled for attending classes in a Muslim headscarf. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2013)


EXPULSION OF MEDICAL STUDENT FOR HIJAB SEEN AS ILLEGAL
Islam News, 3 April 2013

The prosecutor's office of the Soviet district of Krasnoyarsk protested the decision of the Krasnoyarsk State Medical University to expel a woman student for wearing a hijab, a report from the press service of the office says.

Upon verification of the legality of the expulsion of the student, prosecutors found violations of the Russian federal law "On education."

"The prosecutor of the Soviet district issued two protests for eliminating violations:  on the point of the rules of internal regulations providing for the prohibition of wearing items of clothing that emphasize the student's religious affiliation and on the order for expelling the student," the document notes.

The press service added that the territorial prosecutor's office monitors the reviews of incidents of response.

We recall that the expulsion of Aigul Khiderbekova, a third-year students of the "Medical Business" faculty, became known from a report on the local television channel. It was reported that the occasion for this was the girl's scarf which she wore within the walls of the university, despite the internal rules prohibiting wearing religious clothing and head coverings, with the exception of a medical cap. However subsequently the university administration has agreed to restore the student to the same class in the next academic year if she consents to dress in accordance with the established dress code. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2013)


CONTROVERSY OVER MEDICAL STUDENT EXPELLED FOR HIJAB SETTLED DOWN
Islam News, 28 March 2013

Aigiul Khiderbekova, a student of Krasnoyarsk State Medical University (KGMU), who was expelled for wearing a hijab, has agreed to obey the rules of internal procedures of the university and will be restored to her studies in September. This was reported by RIA Novosti, citing the head of the diaspora, Kerim Magomedov.

As Magomedov explained, he met with Aigul's husband and they decided not to aggravate the situation that has developed. "The girl's spouse and I agreed not to inflate this conflict; the girl will continue her studies. She is determined to become a physician. She will not violate the procedures of the university," the head of the diaspora said.

It was learned earlier that the administration of KGMU was prepared to restore the student in the next academic year to the third year of the "Medical Business" faculty, where she was studying.

The official reason for the expulsion of A. Khiderbekova was her violation of the "internal procedures" of the university, the official document requiring all students to wear a medical gown and cap. One of the points of the document directly prohibits being inside the institute in outer wear, beach clothing and shoes, head coverings, as well as items of clothing that emphasize religious affiliation.

Meanwhile, the territorial prosecutor's office is conducting a verification of the legality of the expulsion of the student. Results of the verification are expected to be announced in early April. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2013)



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Muslim fined for extremist material

PRISONER IN CORRECTIVE COLONY IN RIAZAN PROVINCE FINED FOR DISTRIBUTING BANNED MUSLIM BOOK
SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, 2 April 2013

Information appeared on 2 April 2013 that the Moscow district court of Riazan found a citizen of Tajikistan, Sh. Khojaev, guilty of the violation of the law provided by article 20.29 of the Code of Administrative Violation of Law (distributing extremist materials) and sentenced him to a fine of 1,000 rubles with confiscation of the literature.

Khojaev, who is serving his sentence in colony 2 of the federal penitentiary service of Russia for Riazan province, was accused of storage of and "mass distribution" of copies of the fourth part of the book by Osman Nuri Topbas, "Prophet Muhammed Mustafa-1, may Allah bless and welcome him" from the series "In the Light of the Holy Quran," that was found to be extremist material by the Lenin district court of Orenburg (item 1289 in the Federal List of Extremist Materials).

The ruling has not taken legal effect.

We recall that we consider this decision of the Lenin district court of Orenburg to be illegal and that the case banning 68 books should be reviewed in the near future. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 April 2013)

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Crackdown on NGOs hits Muslim parish

COUNCIL OF MUFTIS REPORTS UNSANCTIONED SEARCH IN MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF BUTOVO
Interfax-Religiia, 2 April 2013

The leaders of the "Mercy" Muslim religious organization of the districts of North and South Butovo of the city of Moscow reported the conduct of an unsanctioned search in its office, the press service of the Council of Muftis of Russia reported on Tuesday.

In connection with the incident, the head of the "Mercy" organization, Marat Alimov, sent an open letter to the prosecutor, the Investigative Committee, and the Committee on Human Rights.

As stated in the letter which was quoted by the press service of the Council of Muftis, the search was conducted by six persons, among whom was a representative of the fire inspection, the prosecutor of the southwest district of Moscow, and law enforcement agencies, including the department for combating extremism.

M. Alimov maintains that "no documents for a search and identification papers were presented." He said that during the search documents of the community were seized and recorded on video and photography equipment.

"In the whole time of conducting the organization's activity no violations of the law have been found. We ask for protection of the rights of citizens to religious confession and for an internal investigation and taking of proper measures," M. Alimov requested.

The "Mercy" Muslim organization has been conducting its activity since 2005 and it operates under the direction of the Ecclesiastical Board of Muslims for the European part of Russia (Council of Muftis).

Interfax still has not obtained comments from the law enforcement agencies. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 Ap[ril 2013)


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Mosque construction in Kostroma

MUSLIMS PERMITTED TO BUILD MOSQUE IN KOSTROMA
Interfax-Religiia, 2 April 2013

Kostroma Mayor Viktor Emets has permitted the construction of a mosque to continue in Kostroma after elimination of existing shortcomings, the press service of the Ecclesiastical Board of Muslims of the European part of Russia reports.

The local Muslim community had already concluded contracts with a contractor and hopes to finish construction in the next year and a half to two years, Kostroma Imam Marat Zhalialetdinov reported.

Construction of the mosque in Kostroma has been going on since 2004. Several years ago city hall halted construction because of a lack of properly executed permits. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 April 2013)


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Crackdown on NGOs includes religious groups

WIDESPREAD PROSECUTORIAL EXAMINATION OF NGOs GOING ON IN RUSSIA NOW MAY LEAD TO CLOSING OF SOME RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
Portal-credo.ru, 1 April 2013

A widespread campaign to check up on noncommercial organizations regarding aiding terrorism and financing of political activity from abroad was begun in the second half of March. It touched upon several religious organizations also, NewsRu.com reports. Thus, in Rostov province, a number of parishes of the Roman Catholic Church were subjected to prosecutorial examination. Law enforcement officials displayed an interest in parishes of Novocherkassk, Volgodonsk, Azov, and Rostov-on-Don.

Such an inspection was conducted 15 March in the Catholic parish of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the city of Novocherkassk—the oldest active church in the region. A representative of the parish reported that the inspection revealed violations of fire safety rules (Code of Administrative Violations of Law, article 20.4, points 1,3,4). At the time a report on determining administrative violation of the law was not composed, which according to the requirement of the law should have been done in the presence of two witnesses, who are supposed to sign the document along with statements and the signature of the alleged offender.

The report from Novocherkassk noted that the guilt of the leader and the organization was established contrary to the wording of point 2 of article 2.1 of the code, which says that "a legal entity is considered guilty of committing an administrative violation of law if it is established that it had the possibility of observing the rules and norms whose violation has administrative liability provided by this code or by the laws of a component element of the Russian federation, but that this entity did not take all possible measures to comply with them." Meanwhile the parish was unable to eliminate the violations because of lack of funds, and the prosecutor, on his part, did not conduct an inquiry of the bank regarding the status of the organization's account, but turned the case for resolution of the question of penalty directly over to the fire inspection.

On 26 March the rector of the church, Aleksei Polisko, was summoned to the prosecutor's office to receive the order, and on 29 March he was called to the fire inspection, where he was presented the decision regarding fines without any explanation of the violations or the opportunity for him to eliminate them.  The rector, who is legally the director of the organization (parish), was fined a total of 27 thousand rubles, and the parish, 450 thousand rubles. The decision may be appealed in court within ten days, and the fines themselves may be settled within one month.

The rector said that the annual budget of the parish is only 150 thousand rubles, and it is made up of voluntary Sunday contributions of parishioners, which total on average 3,000 to 3,500 rubles. Thus, the church is unable to find the necessary funds for paying the fine. At the same time, besides the money for paying the fines, the parish will have to find funds for removing the violations of fire safety that were found, which will total about 200 thousand rubles.

As the report noted, the effective impossibility for the parish to manage all the payments will inevitably lead to its closure. If prosecutorial inspections in other parishes lead to similar results, the consequences may turn out to be just as sad. (tr. by PDS, posted 1 April 2013)

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Governor threatens non-Orthodox groups

STAVROPOL HEAD ASKS COSSACKS TO HELP COMBAT SECTS
Interfax-Religiia, 1 April 2013

Stavropol territory Governor Valery Zerenkov suggested using the forces of cossackdom for combating sects, the press service of the head of the region reports on Monday.

"You know the people who live in your own villages and you know how they live, and they trust the Cossacks. Therefore let's work together to protect the territory from dangerous teachings," V. Zerenkov declared at a conference of the territorial government.

"If you know that somewhere suspicious activity has begun, let the police know and call me on my phone," the governor said. (tr. by PDS, posted 1 April 2013)

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