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1998 News Items

ROC-WCC relations in suspense
December 29, 1998

Patriarch berates Moscow clergy
December 23, 1998

Antisemitism and Russian communist party
December 28, 1998

Legality of church discipline challenged
December 19, 1998

Introducing religious education provided by law difficult
December 16, 1998

Russian Orthodox church advancing
December 25, 1998

Liberals under fire
December 16, 1998

Russian government resists antisemitism
December 21, 1998

Antisemitism in Krasnodar
December 14, 1998

Russian youth reject soviet antireligious stereotypes
1998

Altering Orthodox relations with World Council
December 12, 1998

Liberals puzzle over Witnesses' case
November 29, 1998

News conference on religion freedom
December 10, 1998

Orthodox puzzle over WCC connection
December 11, 1998

Orthodox relations with WCC improving
December 4, 1998

American paper reviews pressures on religion in Russia
November 30, 1998

Case against Moon group suspended
December 3, 1998

Helsinki Group on religious rights in Russia
November 25, 1998

Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox dispute building use
October 15, 1998

Jews thank Orthodox for support
November 24, 1998

"Historic" religions reregistered
November 27, 1998

Controversy over Fr Kochetkov still festers
November 27, 1998

Leftists condone antisemitism
November 24, 1998

Attorneys: Witnesses trial infringes religious freedom
November 23, 1998

Uzbekistan prosecutes Jehovah's Witnesses
November 26, 1998

Constitutional Court takes case of religion law
November 19, 1998

Salvation Army, others stymied by Russian officials
November 24, 1998

Church tax privileges attacked
November 5/20, 1998

Witnesses trial delayed
November 19, 1998

Conflict between local and federal laws
November 18, 1998

Witnesses trial resumes
November 18, 1998

British press defends disciplined monk
October 17, 1998

Russian antisemitism
November 16, 1998

Gleb Yakunin hasn't disappeared
November 9, 1998

Russian antisemitism
November 12, 1998

Religious freedom in Moscow improving
November 10, 1998

Witnesses case forebodes restrictions
November 10, 1998

Jehovah's Witnesses trial
November 11, 1998

Nazis, yes; Christians, no
November 7, 1998

Protestants under threat
November 7, 1998

Sociologists examine Orthodoxy
October, 1998

Mormons detained on army base
October 22, 1998

Orthodox tensions with World Council of Churches
October 27, 1998

Jehovah's Witnesses trial
October 22, 1998

Trial of Unification Church continued
October 20, 1998

Missionary killed; suspect arrested
October 18, 1998

Execution of constitutional court appeal of law on religion questioned
October 7, 1998

Patriarch tries to give leadership in crisis
October 10, 1998

Prosecutor obsessed with bringing down Witnesses
October 8, 1998

Patriarchate's role in Witnesses case unclear
October 9, 1998

Patriarchate's view on current problems
September 25, 1998

Patriarch on contemporary church issues
October 3, 1998

Delay in anti-sect case
October 3, 1998

Language of liturgy discussed
September 25, 1998

Russian Adventists legal
September 3, 1998

Witnesses case adjourned
October 1, 1998

Witnesses case opens
September 30, 1998

Court action threatens religious freedom
September 29, 1998

Court case against Unification Church group
September 28, 1998

Foreign support for threatened Jehovah's Witnesses
September 28, 1998

Reports about missionaries' visas mistaken
September 28, 1998

Round table on Jehovah's Witnesses case
September 24, 1998

Monastic priest dismissed from parish
September 24, 1998

Moscow official tries to ban Jehovah's Witnesses
September 14, 1998

Foreign concern about bookburning
June, 1998

Conservative paper rebuts criticism of Russian church
June, 1998

Another neopagan movement in Ukraine
September 2, 1998

Native Russian sect revives
September 2, 1998

Patriarch speaks about crisis
September 8, 1998

Anniversary of Father Men's murder marked with dedication and bitterness
September 10, 1998
 

Orthodox progressives are adamant
August, 1998

Orthodox conservative sees conspiracy
July, 1998

Religious pluralism in Russia
July 29, 1998

Interview with Nikita Struve
July, 1998

Patriarchate responds to criticism
August, 1998

Russian journalist takes issue with funeral theory
August 29, 1998

Another pregressive priest repressed
August 29, 1998

Gadfly journalist harasses patriachate
July, 1998

Assassination prolongs Wahhabi rebellion
August 27, 1998

Last interview with slain Muslim leader
August 25, 1998

Terrorism against Muslim leader
August 21, 1998

Orthodox contend over church building
August 22, 1998

Threatened Lutheran church moves forward
August 23, 1998

Patriarch counsels future priests
August, 1998

Ukrainian protestants defended by deputies
August 21, 1998

Government helps protestant work with alienated youth
August 20, 1998

Conservative paper repeats criticism of patriarchate
July, 1998

Ukrainian Orthodox church advocates Russian-style law
July 1, 1998

Why did patriarch skip funeral?
July 25, 1998

Religious scene becoming more complex
June 20, 1998

Nature sect in south Russia
June 20, 1998

Church and international forces check Yeltsin's wish to be tsar?
August 5, 1998

Anti-Islamic sentiments stronger
August 13, 1998

Baptist union in Russia
August 12, 1998

New statistics on religion in Ukraine
August 12, 1998

Local authorities restrict Baptist activity
August 13, 1998

Uzbekistan's restrictive religious policy
August 12, 1998

More violent conflict over church property in Ukraine
August 1, 1998

Ukrainian government threatens church
August 9, 1998

Church wins over hotel business
August 11, 1998

600 nationally registered religious organizations
August 13, 1998

Officials use law to make difficulties for non-Orthodox
August 11, 1998

Renowned Orthodox scholar on state of Russian church
June, 1998

Judicial harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses continues
August 11, 1998

Catholic growth in south Russia
August 11, 1998

New Uzbek restrictions on religion take effect
August 8, 1998

Politicians and churchmen
August 7, 1998

Orthodox theologian regrets Russian church's shortcomings
June 18, 1998

Cossack violence against protestants
August 4, 1998

Bitter relations between Ukrainian Orthodox and government
July 27, 1998

Impediments against foreign missionaries
August 6, 1998

Scripture distributors confront opposition
August 1, 1998

Luzhkov demonstrates against antisemitism
July 22, 1998

Political meaning of religion law
July 15, 1998

Patriarch addresses nation about funeral
July 14, 1998

Tests of constitutionality of religion law begun
July 25, 1998

Monk disputes "evidence" against Fr Kochetkov
June 29, 1998

Disputes among "totalitarian sectarians"
June 25, 1998

Patriarch intervenes in Ekaterinburg dispute
July 15, 1998

Patriarchal version of Ekaterinburg incident
July 15, 1998

Life path of an Orthodox clergyman
June 29, 1998

Orthodox theological education advances
July 29, 1998

Father Kochetkov's enemies do not relent
July 12, 1998

City continues to harass Pentecostals
July 2, 1998

Baptist evangelism weak
July 8, 1998

Vatican diplomacy in Russia
June 30, 1998

Response on survival tactics
June 30, 1998

Patriarch addresses church's role in contemporary issues
June 30, 1998

Second thoughts on survival tactics
June 29, 1998

Romanov leader explains stand on funeral
June 19, 1998

Attempts to maintain Orthodox participation in WCC
June 26, 1998

Growing intolerance and arbitrariness in church
June 16, 1998

Patriarch speaks publicly about funeral
June 26, 1998

Prison archive reveals new information about Patriarch Pimen
June 25, 1998

Uzbek war on Islamic fundamentalism
June 25, 1998

Evicted congregation finds home
June 25, 1998

Why Ukrainian Orthodox think apocalyptically
June 17, 1998

Threat to Unification Church association called off
June 25, 1998

Government press conference on funeral
June 24, 1998

Political exploitation of tsar's funeral flap
June 17, 1998

City authorities patronize protestants
June 22, 1998

Pentecostal guilty of violating freedom of conscience law
June 23, 1998

Summary of book burning affair
June 17, 1998

Belarusian court deals with "Moonie" case
June 23, 1998

Despite pessimists, new ministry legally registered
June 23, 1998

Access to prisons issue in Orthodox-protestant relations
June 21, 1998

Another bishop explains funeral decision
June 19, 1998

Religious education in schools
June 19, 1998

Western liberal voice blasts Orthodox church
June 20, 1998

Catholics await return of historic church building
June 19, 1998

Rank and file Orthodox oppose funeral
June 17, 1998

Official statistics of registered religious associations
January 1, 1998

Democratic reformers' goal to fragment church
May 20, 1998

Media frenzy on tsar burial controversy
June 18, 1998

Russian-French connection
June 16, 1998

Additional rules for implementing religion law
June 3(16), 1998

Catholics and Jews denied worship buildings
June 14, 1998

Romanovs will attend burial; Yeltsin will not
June 15, 1998

Buriatiia president subsidizes church
June 11, 1998

Church, mosque, synagogue to be built together
June 11, 1998

Book burning signifies spiritual schism in church
June 12, 1998

Varied western reactions to book burning
June 6, 1998

Press reports about Romanovs contradictory
June 11, 1998

Orthodox and Baptists talk, with reservations
June 10, 1998

Government pressure on church unsuccessful
June 11, 1998

Metropolitan explains church's position on tsar's burial
June 11, 1998

Conflicts over Ukrainian parish churches continue
June 10, 1998

Synod explains its position
June 10, 1998

Government advisor criticizes synod's decision about tsar's funeral
June 10, 1998

Statistics from Kazakhstan
June 9, 1998

Muslim extremists thwarted in Central Asia
June 3, 1998

Moscow mayor does not want tsar buried in Moscow
June 10, 1998

Patriarch's eighth anniversary
June 10, 1998

Synod reaffirms refusal over tsar's funeral
June 9, 1998

Government asks church to participate in tsar's funeral
June 9, 1998

Dagestani crisis fading
June 6, 1998

Interior minister enlists Muslim clergy, police forces for peace
June 2, 1998

Despite Clinton's conclusion, Russia denied aid
June 3, 1998

Over one quarter of Russians antisemitic?
June 7, 1998

Islamic threat in south Russia
May 31, 1998

Russians 2 to 1 against religion in schools
May 28, 1998

Young churches register under aegis of older union
June 5, 1998

Local saint recognized
June 4, 1998

Metropolitan Kirill on current issues
June 3, 1998

Pentecostal evangelism in south-central Siberia effective
June 4, 1998

Patriarchate denies report of book burning
June 4, 1998

New restrictive religion law in Uzbekistan
June 3, 1998

Conflict among believers gets violent
June 4, 1998

Ukrainian Orthodox refuse to pray with schismatics
May 26, 1998

Ukrainian Orthodox splinter groups may unite
May 5, 1998

Christian politics in Ukraine
May 24, 1998

Statistics from Siberia
June 2, 1998

Search for religious harmony in south Russia
June 3, 1998

Fallout from Thessaloniki conference on ecumenism
May 19/June 2, 1998

Anniversary of historic turning point
June 3, 1998

Nationalist paper supports antiecumenist stand
May 21, 1998

Islamic extremists not threat in Kyrgyzstan
June 1, 1998

Another new religious building in Novosibirsk
June 2, 1998

Conscientious objectors in Russia
June 2, 1998

Ukrainian officials partial to deposed metropolitan
May, 1998

Ukrainian theologians urge tact in identification system
May, 1998

Sympathy for book-burning bishop
June 1, 1998

Religious renaissance accompanied by conflict
June 1, 1998

Christians caught in Uzbek religious conflict
June 1, 1998

Registration of new Pentecostal union
May 29, 1998

Rights defender, Orthodox priest greet Pentecostals
May 29, 1998

Regional officials interpret law restrictively
May 29, 1998

Patriarch rebuffs mediation, persists in curbing reformists
May 31, 1998

Reformists attacked by reactionary bishop
May 29, 1998

Conscientious objection law stalled
May 28, 1998

Old Believers criticize religion law
May 20, 1998

Clinton: Russia not discriminating against religions
May 26, 1998

Protestant unions plan work
May 27, 1998

Interdenominational procession planned
May 27, 1998

Support for restored cathedral strong
May 26, 1998

Unification Church wins case
May 26, 1998

Is conscience free?
May 22, 1998

Moscow church construction leads to conflict
May 26, 1998

Conflict between center and provinces
May 25, 1998

Despite pessimists, Mormons achieve legal status
May 15, 1998

Plans for Nicholas' funeral finalized
May 20, 1998

Implementing the law
Freedom of conscience under scrutiny
May 22, 1998

Representatives of diverse religions against terrorism
May 19, 1998

Public hearings on royal relics
May 20, 1998

Islamists in Central Asia
May 16, 1998

Father Kochetkov accused of violating ban
May 19, 1998

Novosibirsk gets another religious building
May 17, 1998

Nazi tactics: blame Jews for persecution
May 16, 1998

Orthodox church repudiates political role
May 16, 1998

Religious proselytism in Russia
May, 1998

Reformist priest commemorates AIDS victims
May 18, 1998

Protestantism along south Volga
May 14, 1998

Foreign missionary activity a political threat
May 13, 1998

Orthodox church to take possession of treasure
May 15, 1998

Terrorism against synagogues moves to Moscow
May 15, 1998

Royal funeral under question
May 12, 1998

Buddhists restoring communities
May 12, 1998

New Belarussian Jewish center
May 12, 1998

Moscow Ukrainian Orthodox rebuff competitors
May 12, 1998

KGB-style tactics used on clergy
May 12, 1998

Protestant higher education in FSU
May 12, 1998

Presbyterians advance in Russia
May 13, 1998

Fear of Islamic fundamentalism
April 3, 1998

Moscow patriarchate threatens WCC
May 6, 1998

Orthodox hold WCC at arms' length
May 5, 1998

Patriarch and president confer
May 8, 1998

Russian Muslims suffer soviet-style practices
May 5, 1998

More protestants lose rental space
May 5, 1998

Divisions within Orthodox church abroad
April 15, 1998

Implementation of the law goes slowly
April 15, 1998

Disgraced ex-Orthodox clergy continue troublemaking
May 2, 1998

Implementing the law
Baptists reregistered, restricted
May 4, 1998

Implementing the law
Registering religious organizations
April 15, 1998

Muscovite Orthodox believer opposes canonization of last tsar
April 23, 1998

Clergyman offended by pantyhose
April 24, 1998

Asauliakite sect condemned
April 28, 1998

Implementing the law
Protestants suffer restrictions
April 29, 1998

Partial statistics document religious growth
April 27, 1998

Easter celebrations become routine public holiday
April 21, 1998

. . . but also occasion church-state conflict
April 30, 1998

Major growth of Catholic administration in Russia
April 15, 1998

American missionary expelled from Russia
April 18, 1998

American conservatives sponsor critique of religion law
April 16, 1998

North American scholar defends Father Kochetkov
March 2, 1998

Memorial to atheism's victims
April 22, 1998

Separation within Orthodoxy
April 1998

Official statistics on religion in Russia
April 10, 1998

Riga bombing mixed up with Russia-Latvia tensions
April 4, 1998

Implementing the law
Presbyterians denied registration
April 8, 1998

Synagogue bombing in Latvia
April 2-8, 1998

Western defense of religion law
February 20, 1998

Yakunin law suit thrown out
March 18, 1998

Antisectarian propaganda in Russian press
April 3, 1998

Kirienko-Scientology link denied
April 2, 1998

Implementing the law
Pentecostals achieve reregistration
April 1, 1998

Implementing the law
Ministry of Justice issues temporary guidelines
December 24, 1997

Yeltsin nominee has sect ties
March 31, 1998

Symbol of atheist era exorcised
March 30, 1998

Lutheran mission problems
March 27, 1998

State support of church has potential for good or harm
March 29, 1998

Siberian protestants criticized
March 30, 1998

American religious broadcasting in Russia
March 27, 1998

Orthodox favored in state support of charitable work
March 27, 1998

Hasty burial of tsar criticized
March 26, 1998

Controversy over Mormon abduction
March 23, 1998

Ukraine leader wants Orthodox unified
March 21, 1998

Emperor Paul remembered
March 23, 1998

Mormon hostages released
March 23, 1998

Patriarch repeats his positions
March 18, 1998

Two Mormons kidnapped in Samara
March 20, 1998

Defense of ecumenical activity
March 18, 1998

Protestant affiliations move forward
March 16, 1998

Doubts about ecumenical activity
March 12, 1998

Extreme punishment of Filaret of Kiev
March 9, 1998

Hostility to foreign missions in FSU
March 7, 1998

Patriarch marks "Triumph of Orthodoxy"
March 13, 1998

Religion law not operating
March 11, 1998

Lutheran mission still harassed
March 11, 1998

Three quarters of a million Russian Pentecostals
March 7, 1998

Official defines "church's interests"
February 18, 1998

Antiecumenism in Sergiev Posad
February 18, 1998

Shamanist session interrupted in Siberia
March 3, 1998

Ritual murder theory of tsar's death refuted
March 3, 1998

Bitter inter-religious polemics
March 2, 1998

Ukraine has dozen satanist groups
February 27, 1998

Kochetkov supporter asks for reconciliation
February 27, 1998

Holy Synod balks at tsar's burial
February 26, 1998

Soviet-style newspaper attack on protestants
February 21, 1998

Former communist courts protestants
February 21, 1998

Unification Church replies to critical story
February 23, 1998

Conservatives hound Russia over law
February 21, 1998

Russian customs interferes with protestant humanitarian aid mission
February 15, 1998

Soviet-era-like samizdat defends religious rights
February 17, 1998

Religion law has not created problems

Monarchists propose constitution change
February 18, 1998

Nontraditional religion in south Russia
February 17, 1998

Implementing new religion law: registration
February 17, 1998

Leaders of patriarchate and emigre Orthodox agree on tsar's relics
February 12, 1998

Implementing the religion law: Regulations on foreign religious organizations
February 12, 1998

Implementing the religion law
February 12, 1998

Baptist sees soviet-style persecution
January 27, 1998

Governor opposed Yeltsin on tsar's burial
February 6, 1998

Ecumenism threatens Orthodox schism
February 6, 1998

Date of tsar's burial may be problem
February 6, 1998

Siberian official calls Baptists to observe law
February 3, 1998

Lutheran mission prospering
February 3, 1998

Orthodox public organization formed
February 2, 1998

Interconfessional cooperation in Siberia
January 26, 1998

Protestants lose meeting place
January 26, 1998

Protestant growth in Siberia
January 24, 1998

Religious restrictions in Uzbekistan
January 28, 1998

Identification of tsar's remains questioned
January 27, 1998

Opposition to tsar's funeral
January 26, 1998

Attorney critiques religion law
January, 1998

Conservative paper attacks liberals
January 21, 1998

Orthodox prison ministry
January 21, 1998

Orthodox criticize NATO expansion
January 22, 1998

Officials punish missionaries
January 20, 1998

Jehovah's Witnesses growing
January 20, 1998

Scientist questions identification of tsar's remains
January 19, 1998

Metropolitan versus congressmen
January 16, 1998

Moldovan church dispute
January 15, 1998

Yeltsin's meeting with pope problematic
January 14, 1998

American investigation of religion law
January 12, 1998

Survey of Russians' religion
January 15, 1998

Tomsk diocese troubles
January 13, 1998

True Orthodox Christians in Ukraine
January 13, 1998

St. Petersburg proposal for tsar's burial
January 13, 1998

International consultation on religion law
January 13, 1998

Statistics of Russian Orthodox church
December 1997

Ecumenical missionary work
7 January 1998

Alternative service law stalled
4 January 1998

Metropolitan answers tough questions
1 January 1998

Yeltsin's greetings for Orthodox Christmas
6 January 1998

Regional officials try to improve relations with protestants
6 January 1998

Orthodox in Jewish region help homeless
3 January 1998

TV news program spotlights diocesan problems
2 January 1998

Patriarchal Christmas message
5 January 1998

Orthodox university in Moscow
4 January 1998

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