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LAW ON FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

SUBTOPICS

Subtopic: LAW: Prior discussion
American think tank warns about restrictions on religion in Russia
31 January 1997
Update on draft of religion law ,
29 November 1996
Alarm about proposed amendments to religion law,
3 October 1996
Moscow patriarchate offers suggestions on religion law,
30 August 1996
Moscow patriarchate continues to lobby for changes in religion law,
1 August 1996
New law on religion in Russia,
11 July 1996
Moscow patriarchate seeks to ban independent religious activity by foreigners,
16 April 1996

Subtopic: LAW: Passage, June-Sept. 1997
Religion law official
1 October 1997
Upper chamber approves law
24 September 1997
Duma votes on law
19 September 1997
Russian Christians reject new version of law
12 September 1997
Revision removes offensive parts from law
4 September 1997
Duma urged to act on law by Yeltsin, religious leaders
4 September 1997
Holy Synod approves revised law
2 September 1997
Church and parliament leaders on law
13 August 1997
Parliament's upper chamber approves religion law; protest grows
4 July 1997
English translation of religion law
29 June 1997
Final lower house approval of religion law
23 June 1997
Russian State Duma approves new religion law
19 June 1997

Subtopic: LAW: Presidential action
Yeltsin signs law
26 September 1997
State paper urges duma to support president
13 September 1997
Presidential press secretary rejects criticism of religion law
10 September 1997
Yeltsin proposes restrictive changes in religion law
5 September 1997
Revised law on president's desk
3 September 1997
Yeltsin administration proposes amendments to law
27 August 1997
Patriarch: Yeltsin's amendments insult Orthodoxy
20 August 1997
Patriarch versus president
9 August 1997
Nationalist Orthodox journal refutes presidential veto
9 August 1997
Journalist honors Yeltsin's political skill
7 August 1997
Duma head criticizes Yeltsin's veto
31 July 1997
Yeltsin explains veto on radio
26 July 1997
Yeltsin threatens if veto is overridden
23 July 1997
Yeltsin says Nyet
22 July 1997
Patriarch Alexis' letter to President Yeltsin
17 July 1997
Russian rights group petitions Yeltsin on religion law
10 July 1997

Subtopic: LAW: Foreign reaction
Despite Clinton's conclusion, Russia denied aid
June 3, 1998
Clinton: Russia not discriminating against religions

May 26, 1998
American conservatives sponsor critique of religion law
April 16, 1998
Western defense of religion law
February 20, 1998
Conservatives hound Russia over law
February 21, 1998
Metropolitan versus congressmen
January 16, 1998
American investigation of religion law
January 12, 1998
International consultation on religion law
January 13, 1998
Western criticism of law
1 October 1997
PBS News Hour coverage of religion law
29 September 1997
Patriarch rejects North American standards of freedom of conscience
27 August 1997
US State Department views Russia's religion policy
22 July 1997
On papal and senatorial opposition to religion law
19 July 1997
Pope John Paul II's letter to Yeltsin
24 June 1997
US government expresses opposition to Russian religion law
1 July 1997

Subtopic: LAW: Debate and legal criticism
Political meaning of religion law
July 15, 1998
Tests of constitutionality of religion law begun
July 25, 1998
Old Believers criticize religion law

May 20, 1998
Registering religious organizations
April 15, 1998
Religion law has not created problems
1998
Attorney critiques religion law
January, 1998
Testimony on religion law before Helsinki commission, by Lauren Homer
December 1997
Religion law benefits few
25 September 1997
Representatives of religious organizations speak about law
4 September 1997
Attorney criticizes revision of law
16 September 1997
Orthodox priest opposes new religion law
24 June 1997
Attorney analyses draft of religion law
December 1996

Subtopic: LAW: Substatutory regulations
Additional rules for implementing religion law

June 3(16), 1998
Is conscience free?
May 22, 1998
Freedom of conscience under scrutiny
May 22, 1998
Registering religious organizations
April 15, 1998
Regulations on foreign religious organizations
February 12, 1998
Ministry of Justice issues temporary guidelines
December 24, 1997
Rules on registration
9 December 1997
Guidelines promised; Catholic criticism; Baptists restricted
2 December 1997
Government commission working
30 October 1997
Local laws cannot contradict federal law
6 October 1997

Subtopic: LAW: Registration
600 nationally registered religious organizations
August 13, 1998
Officials use law to make difficulties for non-Orthodox
August 11, 1998
Despite pessimists, new ministry legally registered
June 23, 1998
Registration of new Pentecostal union

May 29, 1998
Despite pessimists, Mormons achieve legal status
May 15, 1998
Baptists reregistered, restricted
May 4, 1998
Registering religious organizations
April 15, 1998
Presbyterians denied registration
April 8, 1998
Pentecostals achieve reregistration
April 1, 1998
Registration of foreign representations
February 17, 1998
Regulations on foreign religious organizations
February 12, 1998
Baptist union to change charter
February 12, 1998
Jewish synagogue's registration rejected
31 October 1997

Subtopic: LAW: Practical implementation
Judicial harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses continues
August 11, 1998
Impediments against foreign missionaries
August 6, 1998
Regional officials interpret law restrictively

May 29, 1998
Conflict between center and provinces
May 25, 1998
More protestants lose rental space
May 5, 1998
American missionary expelled from Russia
April 18, 1998
Implementation of the law goes slowly

April 15, 1998
Baptists reregistered, restricted
May 4, 1998
Protestants suffer restrictions
April 29, 1998
Religion law not operating
March 11, 1998
Soviet-era-like samizdat defends religious rights
February 17, 1998
Siberian official calls Baptists to observe law
February 3, 1998
Protestants lose meeting place
January 26, 1998
Violation of law on freedom of conscience
19 December 1997
Guidelines promised; Catholic criticism; Baptists restricted
2 December 1997
Salvation army halls confiscated
30 October 1997
Orthodox suffer under new law
7 October 1997
Meaning of the law is in its application
2 October 1997

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