MAJORITY OF RUSSIANS APPROVE RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY
Interfax-Religiia, 9 August 2016
Three quarters (75%) of Russians approve the introduction of restrictions on religious and missionary activity that were provided by the "antiterrorism amendments" of deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov.
According to the amendments, only registered organizations will be able to engage in the designated activity and only in premises specially designated for this.
A survey conducted by the foundation "Public Opinion" showed that 12% consider this measure improper and 13% find it difficult to answer. Also 80% consider this measure effective for combating terrorism (14%--ineffective, 6%-- difficult to answer).
At the same time, 61% of Russians do not know about these amendments, and 38% of the participants in the survey are informed about them.
The "antiterrorism amendments" were signed by President Vladimir Putin on 7 July. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 August 2016)
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