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Dispute over Orthodoxy course in schools
December 27, 2002

Court case against Orthodox textbook
December 31, 2002

Internal church politics revealed
December 27, 2002

Metropolitan Kirill's journalistic nemesis digs at him
December 30, 2002

New Year's interview with church's "foreign minister"
December 31, 2002

Moscow priest escapes assassination attempt
December 30, 2002

Patriarch's opinions
December 24-25, 2002

Catholic leader gives Christmas interviews
December 25, 2002

Muslims wary of teaching Orthodoxy in Moscow schools
December 23, 2002

Russian religiosity similar to Europe's
December 23, 2002

Catholic cardinal snubbed in Belarus
December 20, 2002

Patriarch recovers from hypertension attack
December 20, 2002

Neo-nazis attack Orthodox in Moscow
December 19, 2002

Belorussia contemplates church-state concordat
December 17, 2002

Futile parliamentary attempt to honor last tsar
December 18, 2002

President's satrap warns against West's intrusion
December 18, 2002

Catholic metropolitan excluded from people's council
December 18, 2002

Catholics fare better in Ukraine than Russia
December 17, 2002

Few Catholic converts in Russia
December 18, 2002

Conference on economics stormy affair
December 17, 2002

Conference on Orthodox economic ethics
December 17, 2002

Divisions within Islamic communities
December 17, 2002

Conference on religious extremism
December 10, 2002

Baptist leader denounces leaked government document
December 10, 2002

Liberal newspaper alarmed by church's role
December 11, 2002

Leaked government report provokes hysteria
December 5, 2002

Controversial government document on religious extremism
December 5, 2002

Orthodox bishop resists Jehovah's Witnesses
December 9, 2002

European court reviews Russian alternative service law
December 5, 2002

Interference with construction of Jehovah's Witnesses building
December 5, 2002

Accused in Orthodox church destruction released
November21, 2002

Chechen Muslim cleric murdered
November21, 2002

Variety of opinions on teaching Orthodoxy
November20, 2002

Churchmen and politicians discuss economic ethics
November20, 2002

Moscow patriarchate answers critics of teaching Orthodoxy in public schools
November19, 2002

Debate over Orthodoxy in schools
November18, 2002

Orthodox clergy study church-state relations
November13, 2002

Church's ineffectiveness in relations with parliament
November13, 2002

Atheist museum transformed
November13, 2002

Catholics change personnel in Russia
November11, 2002

Church land question needs resolution
November11, 2002

Unlikely suspects in Orthodox church destruction
November11, 2002

Story about funeral refusal revised
November 4, 2002

Metropolitan Kirill repeats accusations against Catholics
November 4, 2002

Controversy over sacraments for dead hostages
November 1, 2002

Orthodox conference on evangelism
November 1, 2002

Conscientious objectors to be examined by Orthodox priest
November 1, 2002

Adventist leader visits Russia
October 31, 2002

Nearly ten percent of youth conscientious objectors
October 31, 2002

Hospitalized patriarch stable
October 31, 2002

New Orthodox church building in Siberia
October 28, 2002

Muslim leader condemns hostage taking
October 25, 2002

Georgian concordat not appropriate for Russia
October 21, 2002

Argument over religion in schools
October 22, 2002

Ukrainian nationalists fight Alexis
October 16, 2002

Russian Catholic bishops review relations with media
October 21, 2002

Orthodox priests in scuffle
October 18, 2002

Orthodox priests to teach in state schools
October 11, 2002

New law on religion in Belarus
October 8, 2002

Patriarch promotes census
October 8, 2002

US State Department report on Russian religion
October 7, 2002

Alexis plans to go to Ukraine
October 2, 2002

Patriarch tries to ward off Russian preemptive attack on Georgia
October 5, 2002

Foreign missions resented in Far East
October 3, 2002

Siberian officials threaten religious groups
October 7, 2002

Rostov Catholics pessimistic about finishing church building
October 5, 2002

Orthodox feel persecution in Muslim areas
October 4, 2002

Georgian patriarch criticizes Vatican
October 2, 2002

Patriarch meets with Israeli premier
October 1, 2002

Traditional religions against sects in Far East
September 25, 2002

Division among Muslims addressed
September 30, 2002

Christian party denied registration
September 28, 2002

Benefit of faith in supernatural
September 27, 2002

Catholic leader denies proselytism
September 27, 2002

Controversy over Orthodox in media
September 23, 2002

Islamic political party
September 21, 2002

Orthodox clergyman refutes claims of Russian Catholics
September 20, 2002

Orthodox priests pray against Catholics
September 20, 2002

Catholics left without recourse
September 17, 2002

Mormons may be good employees
September 11, 2002

Russian government exploiting religion
September 11, 2002

Russian security chief visits Orthodox church
September 7, 2002

New law threatens more pressure on religious groups
August 13, 2002

Catholic construction in Pskov still on hold
September 10, 2002

More anti-Catholic actions
September 10, 2002

Georgian Jehovah's Witnesses under attack
September 4, 2002

Worries over protestant groups
September 3, 2002

Antisemitic organization banned
September 5, 2002

Orthodox want own churches in Estonia
September 4, 2002

Stalin's church policy remembered
September 4, 2002

Catholic priest denied Russian entry visa
August 30, 2002

Trials needed for religious issues
August 22, 2002

Mormon growth in Russia
August 23, 2002

Law suit against tax inspectors in Moscow
August 23, 2002

Buddhist protestors arrested in Moscow
August 23, 2002

Violence against Jehovah's Witnesses in Georgia
August 17, 2002

China's concerns about Dalai Lama
August 19, 2002

Russian sect in Siberia
August 18, 2002

Buddhist leader denied Russian visa
August 17, 2002

Public opinion on threat of extremism
August 17, 2002

Law on extremism takes effect
July 29, 2002

Moscow judicial attacks on protestant groups thwarted
August 15, 2002

Orthodox think Ukrainian officials accommodate Catholics too much
August 15, 2002

Resisting new passport regime
August 15, 2002

Orthodox priest cites dangers of Pentecostals
August 13, 2002

Patriarch on pastoral visit
August 13, 2002

Patriarch not changing position on relations with Vatican
August 12, 2002

Cross falls off historic church
August 9, 2002

Christian perseverance against the greed of new Russia
August 8, 2002

Patriarch not happy with land debate
August 8, 2002

Rabbi encourages Jews to identify themselves
August 8, 2002

Governors favor giving land to church
August 8, 2002

Antibolshevik commander honored in Moscow
August 8, 2002

Caution on transfer of lands to church
August 6, 2002

Christian driving promoted
August 7, 2002

Dangers of church power
July 31, 2002

Defense of Jehovah's Witnesses stirs up controversy
August 6, 2002

Women to appeal against prohibition of head scarves in passport
August 6, 2002

Monastery agriculture
August 3, 2002

Orthodoxy reviving in the heart of Russia
August 5, 2002

Discussion of church land ownership continues
August 5, 2002

Caution on return of land to church
August 2, 2002

Religion in Russian schools
August 2, 2002

Billy Graham associate conducts crusade in Vladivostok
August 1, 2002

How churches use land in Moscow
August 1, 2002

Russian census will not survey religious affiliation
August 1, 2002

Protestants in Siberia
July 10, 2002

Potential problems of church's becoming landowner
July 31, 2002

Patriarch and president converse
July 26, 2002

Christian Democratic party fights for recognition
July 26, 2002

Victim of sign terrorism gets presidential award
July 26, 2002

Patriarchate interested in regaining land
July 25, 2002

Deputy persists in pursuit of new law for traditional religions
July 25, 2002

Odessa metropolitan says Vatican attacking Orthodoxy
July 25, 2002

Orthodox scholar: no dialogue between patriarchate and Vatican soon
July 16, 2002

Catholics accept Orthodox "expansion"
July 23, 2002

Patriarch not interfering with Putin's relations with Vatican
July 24, 2002

Return of land to church sparks debate
July 24, 2002

Dispute over teaching Orthodoxy in schools
July 23, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses in suspense
July 23, 2002

Government attack on nontraditional religion
July 23, 2002

Russian official reviews religious freedom in federation
July 18, 2002

Patriarchate spokesman criticizes Catholic leader
July 19, 2002

Moscow government attacks another sectarian group
July 18, 2002

Court rejects Moscow attempt to shut down sect
July 18, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses plan large regional congress
July 17, 2002

Holy Synod meets
July 18, 2002

Patriarch meets reporters
July 17, 2002

Moscow patriarchate issues new condemnation of Vatican
July 17, 2002

Moscow patriarchate unhappy with new Ukrainian Catholic diocese
July 15, 2002

Kremlin and patriarchate at odds over Catholic question?
July 16, 2002

Injuries slight in antisemitic sign explosion
July 15, 2002

Patriarchal spokesman wants Catholic cooperation
July 11, 2002

Catholic metropolitan explains current stance
July 11, 2002

Meeting of Interior Ministry and religious leaders
July 12, 2002

Religious leaders discuss sign bombs with Interior Ministry
July 11, 2002

Latest booby-trap not antisemitic
July 11, 2002

Patriarchate's ties with government challenged
July 10, 2002

Government's approach to Catholics bothers Orthodox
July 9, 2002

Catholic bishops optimistic about Orthodox move
July 9, 2002

Moscow patriarchate meddles in Vatican politics
July 9, 2002

Patriarchate supports Catholic dissidents
July 8, 2002

Patriarchal spokesman charges Vatican with breaking interchurch relations
July 5, 2002

Patriarchate documents accusations against Catholics
July 5, 2002

Western Ukrainian city restricts Orthodox
July 5, 2002

Jewish leaders note official opposition to Russian antisemitism
July 5, 2002

International criticism of Belorussian religion law
July 2, 2002

Conscientious objection law finally passed
June 29, 2002

Restrictive religion law in Belarus
June 29, 2002

Atheists oppose religion in schools
June 27, 2002

Critics of patriarchate complain about restrictions
June 7, 2002

Rights defenders concerned about extremism lawÕs effects on freedom of religion
June 7, 2002

Law on extremism threatens civil rights
June 6, 2002

Moscow Catholic parish may recover church building
May 29, 2002

Orthodox church has ambivalent relationship with Bible society
June 5, 2002

Government newspaper makes Catholic bishopÕs mistake
June 4, 2002

Bomb victim's treatment
June 5, 2002

New unofficial Orthodox church formed in Russia
June 4, 2002

Alliance of fringe Orthodox, Jews, Muslims
June 3, 2002

President of Poland to discuss problems of Catholics in Russia
June 3, 2002

Antisemitic literature distributed in mail boxes
June 3, 2002

Antisemitic outbursts in Moscow
May 30, 2002

Investigation of antisemitic incident continuing
May 29, 2002

Bomb unites Jews and Orthodox women
May 29, 2002

Problems for conscientious objectors exercising rights
May 24, 2002

Ukrainian Orthodox use violence against Orthodox
May 28, 2002

Protestants increasing in Belarus
May 27, 2002

Putin shows Bush freedom of Russian Jews
May 27, 2002

Explosion outside Moscow linked to antisemitism
May 27, 2002

Orthodox priest still hostage in Chechnia after three years
May 27, 2002

Skeletons found at site of tsar's murder
May 24, 2002

Bush receives religious leaders
May 24, 2002

Lavish procession celebrates saints Cyril and Methodius
May 24, 2002

Moscow patriarchate's statement on pope's Bulgarian visit
May 24, 2002

Bush to attend Orthodox divine liturgy
May 24, 2002

Novosibirsk priest on trial
May 23, 2002

State and church leaders celebrate Slavic culture in Novosibirsk
May 23, 2002

Patriarch strengthens ties with Belorussian president
May 23, 2002

Russian public skeptical toward required religious education
May 23, 2002

Two highest patriarchate prelates snubbing Bush?
May 23, 2002

Patriarch complains again about Catholic actions
May 23, 2002

Bishop of Baku receives patriarchal permission to meet pope
May 23, 2002

Orthodoxy as semi-official religion of Russia
May 23, 2002

Orthodox may boycott pope in Azerbaijan
May 22, 2002

Pope's visits promote interreligious ties
May 22, 2002

Russian neopaganism displays much diversity
May 21, 2002

Radicals' Moscow protest rained out
May 21, 2002

Pope to mark day of "apostles to the Slavs"
May 21, 2002

Georgian responses to international criticism of rights violations
May 20, 2002

Catholic church construction in Pskov
May 21, 2002

Russian court rules in Catholics' favor
May 17, 2002

International concern over Georgian violations of religious rights
May 20, 2002

Another state committee on religion proposed
May 20, 2002

Demonstration in Moscow against teaching Orthodoxy in schools
May 20, 2002

Orthodox-Catholic dispute to figure in summit?
May 20, 2002

How can Islam protect youth from extremists?
May 17, 2002

How can Orthodoxy reach youth?
May 17, 2002

Multiple agendas of pope's Azerbaijan trip
May 16, 2002

Muslim fundamentalist sect on trial
May 14, 2002

Pope prepares to visit Azerbaijan
May 14, 2002

Patriarch wants religion in schools, death penalty out of Russia
May 16, 2002

Parliament votes on Catholic question
May 16, 2002

Russian protestants feel neglected by state
May 15, 2002

Opinions on Orthdox conflicts with Catholics and Muslims
May 13, 2002

Patriarch's interview in Izvestiia
May 13, 2002

Parliamentary hearings on Orthodox-Catholic dispute
May 13, 2002

Paschal interview of Ukrainian metropolitan
May 9, 2002

Bomb threat in Moscow cathedral
May 13, 2002

Patriarch repeats conditions for meeting pope
May 13, 2002

Patriarch's Paschal interview
May 7, 2002

Report about Orthodox seminarians refuted
May 8, 2002

RFE/RL provides detailed analysis of religious freedom
May 3, 2002

Catholic bishop adjusts to eviction
May 7, 2002

US report does not criticize Russia on religious liberty
May 7, 2002

Most Russians prepare Easter foods
May 6, 2002

Government leaders attend patriarch's Easter vigil
May 6, 2002

Orthodox Easter practice explained
May 3, 2002

Spring holidays give Russians long break; not much news to be expected
April 30, 2002

Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe criticizes implementation of religion law
April 23, 2002

Moscow court rules against Moscow government's restriction of minority religion
May 1, 2002

European criticism of Russia unbalanced
April 29, 2002

Demonstrations against Catholics to be Sunday
April 26, 2002

Leftist politician attacks Catholics
April 26, 2002

Deputy's attempt to defend Catholics rebuffed
April 26, 2002

Russian press continues noise over Catholics
April 24, 2002

Russia gets mixed reviews in European parliament
April 24, 2002

Moscow faces international criticism over visa confiscations
April 22, 2002

Government may be trying to embarrass patriarchate
April 22, 2002

Government position on Catholic visas not clear
April 22, 2002

Patriarchate defends expulsion of Catholic bishopn
April 22, 2002

Head of Russian Catholics protests bishop's expulsion
April 21, 2002

Russian foreign ministry refuses to take bishop off black list
April 20, 2002

Pskov authorities back down over Catholic church
April 19, 2002

Russians lift another visa
April 19, 2002

Pope's action not directed against Russian territory
April 18, 2002

Catholic leader consults with Kremlin
April 18, 2002

Legislators intervene in Orthodox-Catholic dispute
April 18, 2002

Pecuniary explanation of anti-Catholic moves
April 16, 2002

Estonian deadlock broken
April 18, 2002

Duma may consider law for conscientious objectors
April 16, 2002

European parliament to discuss Russian religious situation
April 10, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses trial in recess
April 10, 2002

Russia restricts foreign Catholic priests
April 16, 2002

Orthodox scholars do not like proposed law
April 16, 2002

Ukrainian synagogue vandalized
April 15, 2002

Catholic leader complains of anti-Catholic campaign
April 15, 2002

Not all Catholic construction in Pskov halted
April 12, 2002

Russian press covers ban on Catholic priest
April 15, 2002

Patriarch of Bulgaria objects to pope's acts in Russia
April 11, 200

Orthodox newspaper regrets public moral insensitivity
April 12, 2002

Georgian persecutor of Jehovah's Witnesses on trial
April 11, 2002

Catholic priest's visa lifted
April 10, 2002

Russian university gives haven to Catholics
April 6, 2002

Government committee on religion appointed
April 5, 2002

Duma religion committee may be abolished
April 5, 2002

Catholic church construction halted by state order
April 5, 2002

Catholic threat a spectre haunting patriarchate
March 25, 2002

Public disorders reported among Orthodox in Ukraine
March 26, 2002

Pentecostal worship disrupted in Moscow
March 16, 2002

Catholic leader interviewed in Russian newspaper
March 25, 2002

Political opposition leader's call for prayer heeded
March 26, 2002

Communists defend Ukrainian Orthodox church
March 26, 2002

Orthodox and Baptist leaders meet
March 25, 2002

Catholic metropolitan weighs in with newspaper interviews
March 25, 2002

Russian Baptists appeal to Putin
March 22, 2002

Pope's actions part of international conspiracy against Russia
March 19, 2002

Will Ukraine abolish separation of church and state?
March 21, 2002

Pope to visit four countries near Russia
March 22, 2002

Nontraditional religions of Ukraine
March 20, 2002

Variety of religious groups in northwest Russia
March 13, 2002

Putin receives Jewish representatives
March 19, 2002

Ukrainian government refuses request to deregister schismatic Orthodox group
March 19, 2002

Court rules in favor of conscientious objector
March 15, 2002

Discussion of registering Estonian Orthodox continues
March 15, 2002

Variety of religions growing in southwest Siberia
March 14, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses win case in Armenia
March 8, 2002

Variety of religious groups register in Azerbaijan
March 11, 2002

Russia: religious renaissance or return to normalcy?
February 7, 2002

Could Russian parliament invite pope?
March 13, 2002

Ukrainian prosecutor protests registration of schismatic Orthodox group
March 13, 2002

Russian government newspaper sees USA conspiracy in pope's actions
March 6, 2002

Committee for Religious Tolerance formed
March 6, 2002

Jews of former soviet countries create international council
March 6, 2002

Catholic Moscow archbishop interviewed
March 6, 2002

Testimony in Jehovah's Witnesses trial
March 6, 2002

Orthodox insecurity
February 27, 2002

Liberal media criticize draft of law on traditional religions
February 6, 2002

Protestant leaders criticize proposed law on traditional religions
March 5, 2002

Patriarchate criticizes proposed new law on traditional religions
March 1, 2002

Estonian Orthodox question to be reviewed in court tomorrow
March 1, 2002

Patriarch honors Catholic-fighting predecessor
March 5, 2002

Moscow Salvation Army wins appeal
February 27, 2002

Criticism of law on traditional religions
February 27, 2002

Russian criticism of Orthodox anger over pope's action
February 28, 2002

Estonian president looks to resolve Orthodox church's registration
February 28, 2002

Protestant business education
February 28, 2002

Prosecution presents case in Jehovah's Witnesses trial
February 28, 2002

Russian foreign ministry upset by Catholic bishop's title
February 27, 2002

Kirill omits mention of Catholic dioceses as impediments to pope's visit
February 27, 2002

Protestants unite to deal with state
February 26, 2002

Ukrainian conference on "totalitarian sects"
February 27, 2002

Prominent soviet era artists criticize pope
February 26, 2002

Draft of law on traditional religions
February 5, 2002

Opposition to pope takes to streets
February 22, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses prevented from renting meeting space
February 21, 2002

Interpretations of pope's action
February 20, 2002

Sanctions lifted from Orthodox clergy under discipline
February 18, 2002

Extremist Orthodox group stirs anticatholic mood
February 19, 2002

Prosecutor out of line in Jehovah's Witnesses case
February 16, 2002

Conscientious objector bill ready for State Duma
February 16, 2002

Court delivers set back to conscientious objectors
February 18, 2002

Russian State Duma wants antimissionary law
February 18, 2002

Orthodox-Catholic dialogue suspended
February 14, 2002

Russian press coverage of Catholic-Orthodox conflict
February 13, 2002

Russian Catholic leader explains pope's actions
February 12, 2002

Muslim leader thinks pope got bad advice
February 12, 2002

Moscow government versus Jehovah's Witnesses again
February 12, 2002

Federal law for conscientious objectors near
February 12, 2002

Russian government responds to Vatican move
February 12, 2002

Official response of patriarchate to Vatican move
February 12, 2002

Metropolitan threatens "freeze" in relations with Vatican
February 12, 2002

Pope creates Catholic diocese in Russia; angers Orthodox
February 11, 2002

Alternative Orthodox leader on trial
February 8, 2002

Mixed results for conscientious objectors in FSU
February 7, 2002

Kazakhstan cracks down on nontraditional religions
February 4, 2002

Draft law on religion examined
February 6, 2002

Draft of law on traditional religons presented
February 6, 2002

Summary of current Jehovah's Witnesses trial
February 1, 2002

Orthodoxy for pluralistic society
February 1, 2002

Tax number debate threatens schism
February 1, 2002

Should Orthodoxy be taught in public schools? Colloquium in Moscow
February 1, 2002

Muslim extremist sect indicted
January 30, 2002

Ukrainian governmental interference in church affairs
January 31, 2002

Patriarch, pope spar over Russian meeting
January 30, 2002

Fear of antichrist still strong
January 22, 2002

Church-state cooperation promoted
January 23, 2002

Orthodoxy in school under criticism
January 29, 2002

Conference on state-church relations
January 25, 2002

Patriarch displeased with actions of ministries of justice and taxes
January 25, 2002

Conference on church-state relations
January 25, 2002

Orthodox-Catholic conflict becoming complicated
January 24, 2002

Kirill accused of resisting papal visit
January 22, 2002

Another province addresses conscientious objector issue
January 23, 2002

Armenia violating pledge to Council of Europe
January 21, 2002

Estonia tries again on religion law
January 22, 2002

Ekaterinburg diocese's antisemitism probed
January 16, 2002

Ukrainian Catholic bishops
January 12, 2002

Patriarch pleased with Putin's stance on papal visit
January 18, 2002

Two Jehovah's Witnesses trials under way in Armenia
January 17, 2002

Briefs: Protestant prison ministry; Moscow atheists; Military deferments for clergy
January 17, 2002

Pentecostal missionary work interrupted in eastern European Russia
January 16, 2002

Patriarch's plans for year
January 9, 2002

Construction of memorial to Romanov family behind schedule
January 11, 2002

Belorussian president greets patriarch
January 7, 2002

Russian minister of nationalities disturbed by unrest among Muslims
January 10, 2002

Patriarch gives Christmas interview
January 9, 2002

Estonian government stands firm against Orthodox church
January 9, 2002

Jehovah's Witnesses grow faster in former USSR than elsewhere
January 9, 2002

Putin makes Christmas pilgrimage
January 9, 2002

Orthodox diocese accused of criminal antisemitism
January 8, 2002

Notorious antisemite memorialized
January 9, 2002

Ukrainian cardinal warns priests against political actions
January 9, 2002

Dangers of government office of religion
December 26, 2001

Rome reports receiving invitation to Tatarstan
January 7, 2002

Communist paper questions Putin's Orthodoxy
January 4, 2002

Conscientious objectors accommodated in one city
January 4, 2002

Putin marks Russian Orthodox Christmas
January 6, 2002

Calendar change would evoke schism
January 6, 2002

Metropolitan Kirill states Russia's claims to Kaliningrad, Ukraine
January 5, 2002

Estonian law vetoed
January 5, 2002

Orthodox church wants ancient icon from Vatican
January 4, 2002

Patriarch greets new year
January 3, 2002

Ukrainian Christians differ on celebration of New Year's
January 3, 2002

Street demonstration of Russian religious teetotalers
January 3, 2002

American diplomat criticizes Russian violations of religious freedom
December 26, 2001

Pope could visit Russia without invitation from patriarch
December 29, 2001

Salvation Army fears arrest
December 29, 2001

New Russian New Testament released
December 29, 2001

Moldovan church conflict
January 2, 2002

Possible step closer to resolution of Estonian Orthodox problem
January 2, 2002
 


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