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Religion not influential political factor
December 17, 2003

Patriarch addresses Moscow mayor's inauguration
December 17, 2003

Moscow Methodist church building stolen from congregation
December 16, 2003

Putin brings together divided Orthodox churches
December 16, 2003

Religion leaders still want religion classes in schools
December 05, 2003

Members in new duma still want Orthodox culture class
December 11, 2003

ROCOR conference assesses church in soviet times
December 11, 2003

Pentecostals mark jubilee
December 12, 2003

RETRACTION
December 12, 2003

Religious leaders taking prominent role in reuniting former soviet republics
November 27, 2003

Unprecedented meeting of Putin with national religious leaders
November 27, 2003

Will new Georgian leaders privilege Orthodoxy?
November 26, 2003

Church leaders confront Caucasus crisis
November 26, 2003

Rival Russian Orthodox churches confer
November 21, 2003

Orthodox ambivalent on western Christians
November 20, 2003

Moscow patriarchate rejects American gay bishop
November 17, 2003

Metropolitan Kirill discusses spectrum of church issues
October 22, 2003

No Catholic proselytism in Russia
November 6, 2003

Pope wants Orthodox consent for Russian visit
November 6, 2003

Pope shows Putin Kazan icon
November 6, 2003

Sects are "weapons of mass destruction"
October 29, 2003

Charge against Jews repudiated
October 17, 2003

Religious freedom limited in Azerbaijan
October 6, 2003

Metropolitan Kirill did not foresee papal visit to Russia
October 6, 2003

Synod revisits taxpayer identification
October 7, 2003

Synod punishes priest who married gays
October 7, 2003

Catholic archbishop reaches out to Orthodox
October 6, 2003

Breakaway Ukrainian Orthodox parish switches affiliation
October 6, 2003

Breakaway Armenian churches lose in Moscow court
October 6, 2003

Orthodox priest sees danger in Adventist diet
October 3, 2003

Rights group protests increasing intolerance against protestants
October 2, 2003

Georgian Orthodox church derails agreement between Georgia and Vatican
September 19, 2003

Orthodox spokesman seeks defense of believersÕ feelings
September 19, 2003

Armenia needs conscientious objection law
September 19, 2003

Rostov protestant organization examined
September 11, 2003

Voronezh protestants seek explanation of restrictions
September 12, 2003

Threat against gay couple denied
September 10, 2003

Conflicting versions of "gay wedding"
September 6, 2003

American divinity student's case placed on appeal
September 2, 2003

Putin pursues his Islamic initiative
September 4, 2003

Evangelicals physically injured by police brutality
September 5, 2003

Gay couple offered political asylum
September 4, 2003

Orthodox priest banned for same sex wedding
September 4, 2003

Artists under investigation
September 2, 2003

Voronezh Pentecostals arrested
September 1, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses lose rental agreements
September 1, 2003

Opposition to religious groups on school property
August 29, 2003

Church helps prepare textbook on family history
September 1, 2003

Moscow rejects Orthodoxy as a school subject
August 29, 2003

Orthodox textbook case hits snag
August 29, 2003

American missionary victim of corrupt bureaucracy
August 22, 2003

Appeals planned for American
August 25, 2003

American Baptist found guilty of smuggling
August 22, 2003

Exhibit vandals threaten ballet
August 21, 2003

Civil rights group wants higher court of review pogrom decision
August 20, 2003

Critic of Orthodox culture book persists
August 20, 2003

Sharp differences over freedom of artists
August 20, 2003

Muslim clergy engage in politics
August 18, 2003

American missionary's case goes to court
August 18, 2003

Conservative scholar attacks critic of Orthodox culture course
August 5, 2003

Moscow advertisements offend Jews
August 13, 2003

Rules on teaching religion in schools designed to keep new religions out
August 14, 2003

Plans for teaching religion in schools evolve
August 15, 2003

Non-Orthodox concerned about allowing extracurricular religious teaching
August 15, 2003

International protest over desecration of Jewish graves
August 13, 2003

Armenian Christians object to social security identification system
August 15, 2003

Old Russian sectarians maintain traditions
August 15, 2003

Russia moves forward in courtship of "Islamic UN"
August 15, 2003

Reveling paratroopers attack Muslims
August 6, 2003

Privileged religions may use school property
August 13, 2003

Orthodox church wins building dispute with military
August 14, 2003

Break-in at Orthodox church
August 14, 2003

Government decree on extracurricular teaching of religion in schools published
August 13, 2003

Non-Orthodox religions face problems building churches in European Russia
August 12, 2003

International religious gatherings in former soviet states
August 10, 2003

Court releases Orthodox art destroyers
August 12, 2003

Pope will not fly over Russia this year
August 8, 2003

Critic of Orthodox culture text again attacked
August 11, 2003

Construction of non-Orthodox churches in Far East opposed
August 8, 2003

Report on Moscow Jehovah's Witnesses case
August 11, 2003

Doubts about Russia's joining Muslim conference
August 8, 2003

Prospects for Russia joining international Muslim league
August 5, 2003

Ukrainian provincial government prepares to confiscate church from alternative Orthodox
August 8, 2003

Justice ministry outlines action against foreign extremists
August 8, 2003

Helsinki movement conducts anti-Orthodox campaign
August 6, 2003

Fires in alternative Orthodoxy buildings
August 7, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses assemble in Kiev
August 7, 2003

"A bishop who is not power-seeking but one who seeks to serve"
August 5, 2003

Helsinki groups review conditions of freedom
August 6, 2003

Rights defense attorney decries intolerance in Russia
August 6, 2003

Russian protestants refused permission for Jesus March
August 6, 2003

Violations of religious freedom increased in 2002
August 5, 2003

Teacher's religion lessons upset Ukrainian Orthodox parents
August 4, 2003

Orthodox after-school programs in schools
August 4, 2003

Far East territory moves on Orthodox culture class
August 4, 2003

Putin cool to Orthodox church because of problems of pope's visit?
July 31, 2003

State-church cooperation no threat to freedom
July 28, 2003

New translations of scripture in Russia
August 1, 2003

Putin reserved in relations with church
August 1, 2003

Official response to Georgian critics of patriarchal Orthodox church
August 1, 2003

Georgian critics of patriarchal Orthodox church
July 30, 2003

Celebration of centennial of St. Sergius
July 31, 2003

Church-state holiday honors Orthodox saint
July 30, 2003

Ministry of Education plans Orthodox culture curriculum
July 25, 2003

Supporters of Orthodox culture text attack expert analyst
July 28, 2003

Alternative Orthodoxy creates new bishop
July 23, 2003

Proposed law on church-state cooperation
July 23, 2003

Church dynamited by Khrushchev to rise again
July 23, 2003

Religious situation in Latvia
July 21, 2003

Honor for first Latvian martyr-saint
July 21, 2003

Patriarch and president to demonstrate relationship of church and state
July 21, 2003

Time of pope's visit to Russian airspace nears
July 21, 2003

Author of Orthodox culture text strikes back
June 6, 2003

Review of media coverage of teaching Orthodox culture
July 18, 2003

Orthodox resistance interrupts preaching of cult leader
July 18, 2003

Orthodox textbook case
July 18, 2003

Emperor Nicholas center of attention on anniversary of murder
July 17, 2003

Whom does Russian president consider "basic confessions" of Russia?
July 16, 2003

Belorussian protestants note increase of restrictions
July 16, 2003

Judge rules against defenders of Orthodox culture textbook
July 16, 2003

Patriarch well enough to travel outside Moscow
July 16, 2003

Tsar's memorial church consecrated
July 16, 2003

Sorting out Alternative Orthodoxy
July 16, 2003

Authenticity of Alternative Orthodox council refuted
July 16, 2003

Supporters of Orthodox culture textbook continue campaign against critics
July 15, 2003

Belorussian protestants protest propaganda against them
July 15, 2003

Moscow patriarchate does not acknowledge ordination of alternative Orthodox clergy
July 15, 2003

Lutheran evangelistic activity faces troubles
July 10, 2003

Adventists have problems and successes
July 14, 2003

Police harass Orthodox clergy in Ekaterinburg
July 14, 2003

Tsarist memorial church readied for consecration
July 11, 2003

Cult leader resumes activity in Voronezh
July 11, 2003

Armenian Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector convicted
July 11, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses in states of CIS
July 9, 2003

World Council of Churches tries to mend relations with Russian Orthodox
July 9, 2003

Russian Orthodox Church in Exile appoints bishops for Russia
July 10, 2003

Patriarch not well enough to attend consecration of tsarist memorial
July 10, 2003

Ekaterinburg Orthodox priests combat American Baptist missionaries
July 9, 2003

Orthodox church influential in society but needs to win hearts
July 8, 2003

Moscow Methodists try to protect their church building
July 7, 2003

Russian president says radical changes needed to end terrorism
July 8, 2003

Conflicts of early soviet days recalled
July 8, 2003

Ukrainian schools prepare Orthodox culture teachers
July 8, 2003

Patriarch Filaret leads ecumenical activities of Ukrainians in America
July 7, 2003

Various religious figures condemn Moscow suicide bombings
July 7, 2003

Ukrainian Greek Catholic cardinal could move to Kiev
July 4, 2003

Religious toleration in Georgia
July 4, 2003

Opening of memorial church for tsar's family attended by controversy
July 4, 2003

Government secretly helped develop Muslim education
July 3, 2003

Orthodox church still expects Vatican to concede
July 4, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses face possible danger in Ukraine
July 3, 2003

Opponent of Orthodox culture textbook fears breakup of Russia
July 3, 2003

Calls for arrest and prosecution of critics of Orthodox culture text
June 30, 2003

Radio Liberty airs controversy on Orthodox culture text
June 7, 2003

Pentecostal leader denounces critics of Orthodox culture text
July 1, 2003

Famous television figure insults Orthodox church
June 23, 2003

Russian Catholic bishops meet
July 1, 2003

Orthodox culture text must be "obscurantist"
June 18, 2003

Does Orthodox culture text say Jews crucified Christ?
June 27, 2003

Rights advocates dispute about books
June 27, 2003

Rights advocates petition Ministry of Education to ban Orthodox culture textbook
June 26, 2003

Belorussian Baptists refuse state reregistration
June 25, 2003

Ukraine considering amendments to religion law
June 25, 2003

Putin expects improvement in relations between Orthodox and Catholics
June 25, 2003

Looking toward military chaplains in Russia
June 25, 2003

Okhotin case takes on life of its own
June 23, 2003

Concordat between Orthodox church and Belorussian government
June 12, 2003

Measures of religiosity of Russians
June 23, 2003

Belorussian police raid Pentecostal's residence
June 23, 2003

Legislature seeks solution to church land problems
June 23, 2003

Church and state combine to train teachers of Orthodox culture
June 23, 2003

Moscow prosecutor defends Orthodox culture book
June 16, 2003

Forum of world religions planned
June 20, 2003

American uproar over detained missionary continues
June 21, 2003

Leaders discuss changes in laws on religion
June 20, 2003

Orthodox-Jewish conflict in Voronezh
June 19, 2003

Patriarchate shuns dialogue with pope
June 16, 2003

Jewish leader meets with Kazakh president
June 17, 2003

Georgian prosecutor alleged to be Jehovah's Witness
June 19, 2003

Debate over American Baptist in Moscow continues
June 18, 2003

American missionary harassed at Moscow airport
June 17, 2003

Ukrainian Orthodox bishops in dispute
June 18, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses in east-central Russia, active and restricted
June 17, 2003

Attacks on Georgian protestants
June 17, 2003

Patriarch plans to resume activity
May 28, 2003

Officials honor Russian saint
May 27, 2003

Catholic church in St. Petersburg
May 27, 2003

Vatican criticizes Orthodox fortress mentality
May 27, 2003

Textbook misrepresents Pentecostals
May 27, 2003

New association of Orthodox Judaism created in Moscow
May 27, 2003

Moscow continues harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses
May 23, 2003

Patriarch under control of confidantes
May 21, 2003

Orthodox sect fighter interviewed
May 23, 2003

Russian internal ministry resumes fight against Muslim head scarves in passports
May 23, 2003

Muslim journalists unite
May 22, 2003

Patriarch recovering
May 22, 2003

Duma set to prohibit public evangelistic activity
May 22, 2003

Case against Orthodox textbook continued
May 22, 2003

Personnel changes increased church's power
May 21, 2003

Institute founded by followers of Fr Alexander Men continues
May 22, 2003

Competition for patriarchal succession
May 20, 2003

Patriarch's health declines
May 21, 2003

Kremlin chooses new Muslim favorite
May 21, 2003

Diverse religious population of Kazakhstan
May 20, 2003

Public opinion against church owning land
May 20, 2003

Patriarch's health will not lead to retirement
May 20, 2003

Patriarchate loses hope of dialogue with Vatican
May 20, 2003

Orthodox leaders shun pope's generosity
May 20, 2003

Catholic-Orthodox conflict in Kazakhstan
May 19, 2003

Protestants want prison chaplaincy
May 15, 2003

Muslim rights confirmed by supreme court
May 15, 2003

Sergius as candidate for patriarch
May 13, 2003

Analysis of groupings within Orthodox episcopate
May 12, 2003

Modern Russian cult still active
May 12, 2003

Patriarchate on succession politics
May 13, 2003

Putin tries to open path for pope
May 13, 2003

Orthodox church politics
May 12, 2003

Putin nudges patriarch on relations with Vatican
May 12, 2003

Salvation Army saved in Moscow
April 18, 2003

Moscow Jehovah's Witnesses go back to court
May 12, 2003

Dispute among Muslim leaders intensifies
May 10, 2003

Reorganization of Orthodox church
May 9, 2003

Italian prime minister intercedes for pope
May 8, 2003

Prosecutor defends Orthodox textbook
May 8, 2003

Metropolitan Kirill assailed by old nemesis
May 8, 2003

Justice ministry statistics on Russian religious organizations
May 7, 2003

Teaching religion in schools of Muslim republic
May 6, 2003

Son of slain Orthodox priest oversees Moscow religious activity
May 5, 2003

Patriarchate repeats opposition to pope's visit to Kazan
May 6, 2003

Disputes among southern Muslim leaders
May 6, 2003

Pope's icon not what was thought
May 5, 2003

Expelled Catholic bishop replaced
Aapril 18, 2003

Catholic Internet forum not official
May 5, 2003

Book about Islamic extremism pulled from stores
May 5, 2003

Pope may bring icon to Russia
April 27, 2003

Pope may bring icon to Russia
April 27, 2003

Religion in Samara schools
April 30, 2003

Religion in army
April 1, 2003

Patriarch Alexis ill
April 18, 2003

Patriarchate warns Vatican against sneaky action
April 18, 2003

Antibolshevik church leader under study
April 15, 2003

Conflict among muftis continues
April 15, 2003

Alternative Orthodox church attacked in court
April 14, 2003

Muslims leaders reject jihad
April 14, 2003

Interreligious Council promotes religion in schools
April 10, 2003

Jail for offensive speech
April 10, 2003

Government oversight of Muslim organizations
April 9, 2003

Attempt to solve church's land problems fails
April 9, 2003

Moscow prosecutor defends critic of teaching Orthodoxy in schools
April 4, 2003

Declaration of jihad divides Russian Muslims
April 7, 2003

Russian Muslims volunteer to defend Iraq
March 29, 2003

Vatican's antiwar stand aids relations with Russia
March 28, 2003

Moscow court rules on antisemitic textbook
March 25, 2003

Russian religious leaders criticize Bush's war
March 24, 2003

Communist deputies patronize traditional religions
March 19, 2003

Religion in schools
March 18, 2003

Presidential satraps support Orthodox church
March 20, 2003

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector to court
March 20, 2003

Russian Orthodox church issues anti-war statement
March 17, 2003

Dispute over Ukrainian church leadership
March 11, 2003

Protestant ecumenism criticized
March 12, 2003

Orthodoxy's media expert
March 5, 2003

Russian patriarch and foreign minister meet
March 7, 2003

Parliamentarian intercedes for Jehovah's Witnesses
March 4, 2003

Russian Supreme Court rules against Muslims
March 6, 2003

Conflict between Muslims and government
March 5, 2003

Narrowing qualifications for traditional religions
March 4, 2003

Orthodox choosing political sides
March 4, 2003

Government gives nod to Maslenitsa
March 4, 2003

Russians prepare for Lent
March 3, 2003

Elections and religious confessions
March 3, 2003

Head of Russian government promises to help Catholics
February 28, 2003

Combating religious extremism in Russia
February 28, 2003

Prayer in CIS
February 28, 2003

Difficulties for Orthodox-friendly laws
February 21, 2003

Visa war against Catholics
February 25, 2003

Bishop moves against dissident priest
February 24, 2003

Another Catholic priest expelled
February 24, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses under fire
February 11, 2003

Patriarch complains to new Vatican ambassador
February 21, 2003

Controversy over religion in schools
February 1, 2003

Mormons seen as security danger
February 1, 2003

Trend to privileged position for Orthodoxy in former soviet states
January 31, 2003

Orthodox church holds key to Catholics' position in Russia
January 31, 2003

Alexis' health interferes with activity
January 30, 2003

Education ministers caution against imposing religion on school children
January 30, 2003

Church energetic for Orthodoxy in schools
January 30, 2003

Military deferment for Russian clergy
January 29, 2003

Helsinki group criticizes Russian restrictions
January 29, 2003

American commission: Russian religious freedom "fragile"
January 24, 2003

Jehovah's Witnesses under attack in Russian provinces
January 22, 2003

Duma developing law on state-church cooperation
January 24, 2003

State favoritism among religious goups
January 24, 2003

Russian government to identify extremists
January 23, 2003

Catholics cooperate with Orthodox in icon return
January 22, 2003

Kirill plays to Orthodox extremists
January 22, 2003

Muscovites observe blessing of the waters
January 20, 2003

Avoiding dangerous sects
January 20, 2003

Patriarch works with government and industry
January 17, 2003

Judgment of Orthodox textbook continues
January 18, 2003

Catholics display fraternal love for Orthodox
January 16, 2003

Political and religious leaders address Russian health crisis
January 17, 2003

New papal nuncio in Moscow
January 13, 2003

Moscow patriarchate behind refusal of visas to Catholics
January 15, 2003

Patriarchal spokesman defends teaching Orthodoxy
January 14, 2003

Court rules against Orthodox textbook
January 14, 2003

State subsidies of faith-based services proposed
January 14, 2003

Patriarch reviews church life
January 9, 2003

Patriarchal Christmas vigil
January 9, 2003

[Editor's note: no newspapers were published in Russia January 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, or 8.]

Patriarch renews bonds to homeland
January 8, 2003

Russians celebrate Christmas, but not with gifts
January 7, 2003

Court trial of Orthodox newspaperman
January 6, 2003

Metropolitan Kirill fields persisting questions
January 5, 2003

Army newspaper attacks conscientious objectors
January 5, 2003

Patriarch anticipates celebrations of 2003
January 4, 2003
 
 


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