News from Russia and other countries of former USSR
Last update: October 29, 2020

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Attorneys mobilize to defend rights of religious groups
September 7, 2020

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Four Jehovah's Witnesses fail to erase criminal record
October 29, 2020

Appeals court rebuffs Jehovah's Witnesses
October 28, 2020

St. Petersburg authorities try to halt Jehovah's Witnesses' internet activity
October 27, 2020

Dennis Christensen again denied early release
October 26, 2020

Pro-Ukrainian act by Cypriot primate divides his church's hierarchy
October 25, 2020

Liturgy in Cyprus revives dispute over status of new Ukrainian church
October 24, 2020

Sect leader held in notorious Moscow psychiatric clinic
October 23, 2020

Jehovah's Witness of Kirov fined as agent of national organization
October 23, 2020

Religious rights group "Article 28" publicizes violations
October 20, 2020

Filaret continues resistance to new Ukrainian church
October 20, 2020

Mormon family loses appeal in European court
October 20, 2020

Moscow patriarch finalizes excommunication of extremist cleric
October 19, 2020

Pro-Moscow Ukrainian church threatened by Zelensky's approach to Constantinople
October 17, 2020

Dissident Orthodox priest taken to court
October 16, 2020

Russian parliament backs away from controversial change in religion law
October 15, 2020

More harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses in Penza region
October 13, 2020

High court in south Russia rules in Jehovah's Witness' favor
October 13, 2020

Russian rights advocate defends Jehovah's Witness couple
October 12, 2020

Russian parliament upsets religious leaders
October 9, 2020

Longest prison term yet for Jehovah's Witness
October 9, 2020

Orthodox patriarch immobilized by COVID-19
October 8, 2020

Six Jehovah's Witnesses found guilty and sentenced
October 8, 2020

Jehovah's Witness walks free in south of Russia
October 7, 2020

Ukrainian authorities act against Russian harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses
October 4, 2020

Ukrainians are mixing religion and politics
October 1, 2020

Belarus Catholics reject Russian claim about America's using them
September 30, 2020

Russian spy chief accuses U.S.A. of meddling in Belarus churches
September 29, 2020

Judge says prosecution did not prove case against Jehovah's Witness
September 29, 2020

Russian parliament delays consideration of controversial changes in religion law
September 26, 2020

Black Sea resort church fined for breaking antievangelism law
September 25, 2020

State acts to legally abolish Siberian sect
September 25, 2020

Russian law enforcement in Far East gives Jehovah's Witnesses a break
September 24, 2020

Law enforcement moves against Russian sect in Siberia
September 23, 2020

Drawn-out trial reaches conclusion for Jehovah's Witness
September 22, 2020

Russian parliament will consider changes in religion law tomorrow
September 21, 2020

Russian Bible Society feels harassed
September 19, 2020

Russian religions oppose changes in religion law
September 18, 2020

Hasidic pilgrims give up attempt to visit Ukraine
September 18, 2020

Russian parliament considering changes in religion law
September 17, 2020

Appeals court frees Jehovah's Witness while retaining restrictions on activity
September 17, 2020

Jehovah's Witness held accountable for long past alleged indiscretions
September 17, 2020

Hasidim problem causes conflict between Ukraine and Belarus
September 16, 2020

Moscow church leader in Belarus indulges Russian propaganda
September 15, 2020

Ukraine confronts flood of Jewish pilgrims arriving for New Year celebration
September 15, 2020

Danish Jehovah's Witness returned to punishment cell
September 15, 2020

Dissident Ukrainian church leader beats COVID-19
September 14, 2020

Belarusian Catholics react with prayer
September 14, 2020

Belarusian Catholic leader receives partial explanation why he was refused entry
September 14, 2020

Church politics enter into current situation in Belarus
September 12, 2020

Belarus has ambivalent relations with Catholics
September 11, 2020

Court recommends excommunication of conservative Orthodox monk
September 10, 2020

Controversy about takeover of movie house by Siberian protestants
September 9, 2020

Jehovah's Witness jailed for fear he might mess up investigation
September 8, 2020

Attorneys mobilize to defend rights of religious groups
September 7, 2020

New Ukrainian church acquiring parishes slowly
September 7, 2020

More defiant Orthodox clergy punished
September 7, 2020

Prosecutor frustrates hope for freedom for Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen
September 5, 2020

Long pretrial detention of Voronezh Jehovah's Witnesses
September 4, 2020

Long article: Church politics in Belarus
September 4, 2020

Catholic influence in Belarus is growing
September 3, 2020

Two Jehovah's Witnesses given four years prison time
September 2, 2020

Catholic Church of Belarus feels itself target of persecution
September 1, 2020

Lukashenko explains entry refusal of head of Catholic Church
September 1, 2020

Belarusian government restricts head of Catholic Church
August 31, 2020

Patriarch Kirill repeats support for Belarus dictator
August 30, 2020

Judge shields Jehovah's Witness from additional examination
August 28, 2020

Criminal case for evangelism against Pentecostal church dropped
August 28, 2020

Catholic leaders in Belarus challenge government
August 27, 2020

Orthodox activist fined for criticizing lockdown of churches in Russia
August 26, 2020

Expert opinion defends Jehovah's Witness in criminal trial
August 26, 2020

Shakeup in Belorussian Moscow church
August 25, 2020

Conservative rebellion in Ekaterinburg diocese continues
August 24, 2020

Church-State friction tests "symphony" model
August 23, 2020

Modernizing Orthodox priest draws fire from patriarch
August 23, 2020

Clergy and officials in confrontations in Belarus
August 22, 2020

Russia holds church accountable for coronavirus infections
August 21, 2020

Moscow church in Belarus undercuts street protests
August 21, 2020

More Jehovah's Witnesses arrested in ethnic region of western Siberia
August 20, 2020

Human rights center publicizes case of Jehovah's Witness believer
August 18, 2020

Moscow church continues to side with Belarus dictator
August 18, 2020

Belarus president points to the religious aspect of conflict
August 18, 2020

Moscow church in Belarus rebukes protesters
August 17, 2020

News media report conflicting responses by Moscow church to turmoil in Belarus
August 15, 2020

Ukrainian scholar criticizes Moscow church's stance on Belarus
August 14, 2020

Ukrainian patriarch seeks change in American practice
August 13, 2020

Ukrainian Orthodox support protests in Belarus
August 13, 2020

Belarus church leader urges peaceful resolution of conflict
August 12, 2020

Orthodox clergy divided over electoral victory of Belarus president
August 11, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses indicted in extreme far east of Russia
August 11, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses locked up without bail for two months
August 9, 2020

Senior clerics of RPTs die from COVID-19
August 8, 2020

Voronezh troops using torture on Jehovah's Witnesses
August 7, 2020

Six Jehovah's Witnesses face trial in Sverdlovsk region
August 7, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses win appeal in Sverdlovsk region
August 6, 2020

Russia is purging Ukrainian Orthodox presence in Crimea
August 5, 2020

Protestant preacher punished for violating anti-evangelism law
August 4, 2020

Year-long trial of Jehovah's Witnesses interrupted by judge
August 4, 2020

Jehovah's Witness granted reduced punishment
August 3, 2020

Ukrainian politician points to European political thrust
August 1, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses repeatedly tried for same offenses
July 31, 2020

Ukrainian Bureau of Investigation avoids interference in church dispute
July 31, 2020

Major Muslim holiday observed within pandemic conditions
July 30, 2020

Ukrainian president shows ecumenical spirit
July 30, 2020

Largest raid on Jehovah's Witnesses leads to police brutality
July 29, 2020

Jehovah's Witness fined instead of imprisoned
July 28, 2020

Ukraine-Russia church conflict echoes Russia-Ukraine hybrid war
July 27, 2020

Christensen again put in punishment cell
July 25, 2020

Russian parliament to consider changes in law regulating religion
July 22, 2020

Record number of searches of Jehovah's Witnesses in Voronezh
July 16, 2020

Disgraced Orthodox monk threatens political power
July 12, 2020

Prosecutor asks for longest term yet for Jehovah's Witness
July 9, 2020

Political opposition explains persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
July 7, 2020

Clerical pandemic denier punished by secular court
July 7, 2020

Russian protestants seek removal of legal impediment to their activity
July 6, 2020

Church court rules conservative priest unworthy of clerical status
July 3, 2020

Activist of protestant Initsiativniki, who refuse to cooperate with state, punished
July 2, 2020

Prosecutor tries to block Christensen's release
July 2, 2020

Authorities interfere with release of Danish Jehovah's Witness
July 1, 2020

Russian church leader promotes Putin's changes in constitution
June 25, 2020

Persecuted Siberian shaman gets international support
June 25, 2020

Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen to be released from prison camp
June 23, 2020

Breaking News: Jehovah's Witness prisoner released
June 23, 2020

Believers support priest who is under discipline
June 21, 2020

Ukrainian politician claims credit for criminal case against president
June 19, 2020

Ukrainian crime bureau denies interfering in church question
June 19, 2020

Former Ukrainian president threatened for church policy
June 18, 2020

Radical conservative Orthodox cleric defies church court
June 18, 2020

Religious liberty publication fined by Russian court
June 16, 2020

Russia opens new church celebrating victorious military
June 14, 2020

Ukrainian churches oppose same-sex and transgender rights
June 13, 2020

Ukrainian church defends former president Poroshenko
June 12, 2020

Patriarch's schedule disrupted again
June 12, 2020

Russian press reports American criticism of intolerance
June 10, 2020

New level of severity of punishment of Jehovah's Witnesses reached
June 9, 2020

Far-right opposition to Moscow patriarch's action
June 7, 2020

Conditions for visiting churches spelled out
June 6, 2020

Orthodox church reopens for major holiday
June 5, 2020

Supreme Court increases severity of penalty for convicted Jehovah's Witness
June 4, 2020

New level of harsh penalty requested for Jehovah's Witness
June 3, 2020

Pandemic creates problems for Jehovah's Witnesses
May 30, 2020

Four Jehovah's Witnesses awaiting trial finally freed from custody
May 27, 2020

Crimean Jehovah's Witness sent to Russian prison camp
May 27, 2020

Grim anniversary in case of Danish Jehovah's Witness
May 25, 2020

Ukrainian church tries to enlist president's support
May 23, 2020

Russian church in Moldova clashes with civil government over pandemic
May 21, 2020

Russia uses its new form of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
May 19, 2020

Parish safety in circumstances of pandemic
May 18, 2020

Eight Jehovah's Witnesses are subjects of criminal case in Siberian city
May 17, 2020

Patriarchate agrees to remove Stalin from church building
May 16, 2020

Church feels financial pinch of pandemic
May 14, 2020

Russia uses new form of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
May 13, 2020

Jehovah's Witness charged in Russian Far East
May 13, 2020

Self-styled Siberian healer incarcerated 
May 12, 2020

Senior monk dies in pandemic on 76th birthday
May 11, 2020

Georgia commemorates St. George despite pandemic
May 9, 2020

Physician monk succumbs to pandemic
May 6, 2020

Church faces financial crisis due to coronavirus
May 5, 2020

Pandemic strikes another Orthodox senior prelate
May 4, 2020

Putin wants his face removed from church wall
May 1, 2020

Notorious Orthodox clergyman banned from active ministry
April 29, 2020

Religious freedom publication attacked by Russian government
April 28, 2020

Orthodox church leadership suffering from COVID-19
April 27, 2020

Discord in Orthodox church over lockdown restrictions
April 27, 2020

Controversy in Russia over church of the military
April 24, 2020

Citizen complaint about church people not observing lockdown precautions
April 20, 2020

Antisemitic attack fails in Ukraine
April 20, 2020

Russian president takes note of Christian holiday
April 19, 2020

Russian president's plans for Easter a mystery
April 16, 2020

Another handful of Jehovah's Witnesses to be tried for mere attendance at meetings
April 15, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses are searched despite pandemic lock-down
April 14, 2020

President of Belarus defies precautions
April 13, 2020

Antisemitic incident in north of Russia
April 13, 2020

Laity cannot attend Holy Week services in Moscow
April 12, 2020

Russia adjusts regulations on cash collection boxes
April 10, 2020

Baptists cry out for federal intervention against scapegoating
April 9, 2020

Refugee Jehovah's Witness released in Belarus
April 8, 2020

Highest levels of church authority view accommodation to pandemic differently
April 4, 2020

20 whole families of Jehovah's Witnesses face prosecution
April 3, 2020

Orthodox leader faces current crisis for church
April 2, 2020

Jehovah's Witness wins appeal against forced psychiatric examination
April 2, 2020

Another Jehovah's Witness gets six years plus
April 1, 2020

Orthodox churches in St. Petersburg still open
March 30, 2020

Church sources dispute media reports from St. Petersburg
March 30, 2020

Media report Orthodox churches defying attendance ban in St. Petersburg
March 29, 2020

Patriarch commends saint's example of isolation for Orthodox
March 29, 2020

Russian Orthodox Church in conflict with government of St. Petersburg
March 26, 2020

Investigation of Japanese cult leader completed
March 26, 2020

Sentencing of Jehovah's Witness set for Tuesday
March 25, 2020

Ukrainian government wants to limit public celebration of Easter
March 25, 2020

Convicted Jehovah's Witnesses win appeal of penalty
March 25, 2020

Tactics of intimidation against Jehovah's Witnesses
March 24, 2020

Russian priests resist precautions against disease
March 23, 2020

Orthodox take action against coronavirus disease
March 19, 2020

Moscow patriarch issues orders for epidemic
March 17, 2020

European governments speak up for Jehovah's Witnesses
March 17, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses mount defense in south of Russia
March 14, 2020

Russian church issues emergency instructions for coronavirus
March 11, 2020

Russian church doubts spread of virus through communion
March 9, 2020

Fourth Jehovah's Witness since 2017 imprisoned for six years
March 5, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses caught in complicated appeals process
March 4, 2020

Russian government bodies compete for Jehovah's Witnesses' property
March 3, 2020

Putin grants church's requests for changes in constitution
March 2, 2020

Pro-Moscow Ukrainian church leader claims persecution within Orthodox world
March 2, 2020

Russian government interferes in protestants' training of ministers
February 28, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses in south Russia face delays of trial while in custody
February 26, 2020

Jehovah's Witness in Belarus threatened with transfer to Russia
February 26, 2020

Jehovah's Witness in occupied Ukrainian territory penalized by Russians
February 25, 2020

Jehovah's Witness loses first round of appeal against conviction
February 20, 2020

Another Jehovah's Witness sentenced by court
February 18, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses subjected to prison brutality
February 15, 2020

Another case of torture of Jehovah's Witness reported
February 14, 2020

Two more Jehovah's Witnesses convicted in Russian Far East
February 14, 2020

Long postponed trial of Scientologists begins
February 12, 2020

Politicians support putting God into the constitution
February 12, 2020

Religious liberty issue highlighted in international conflict
February 7, 2020

Russia blacklists over 200 Jehovah's Witnesses, imposing severe financial consequences
February 7, 2020

Russian high court supports Mormons' right to religious use of building
February 6, 2020

New Ukrainian church deals sensitively with elderly leader
February 5, 2020

Siberian Jehovah's Witness forced into psychiatric examination
February 5, 2020

Church's suggestions to violate separation of church and state fester
February 4, 2020

Another court intervention in Jehovah's Witness case
February 4, 2020

Two more Jehovah's Witnesses convicted on faulty evidence
February 4, 2020

Pentecostal leader hopes for better treatment at local level
February 3, 2020

Moscow patriarch sparks media storm over amending constitution
February 2, 2020

Russian church expresses traditionalist views on marriage
January 31, 2020

American diplomats have demonstrative visit with Ukrainian church leader
January 31, 2020

Controversy follows death of famous clergyman
January 30, 2020

Prominent churchman suffers fatal heart attack
January 29, 2020

Three more Jehovah's Witnesses convicted
January 27, 2020

Two more Jehovah's Witnesses convicted
January 24, 2020

Judge rules case against Jehovah's Witnesses too imprecise
January 23, 2020

Jehovah's Witness sentenced in Far East
January 21, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses arrested at gathering in apartment
January 20, 2020

Putin's annual state of the nation address elevates values
January 15, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of child abuse, among other things
January 13, 2020

Multiple Jehovah's Witnesses convicted in Penza
January 13, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses trial to go on in Far East
January 9, 2020

Ukrainian church leader awaits further success
January 8, 2020

Patriarch Kirill's failures in world Orthodoxy
January 7, 2020

Government leaders make public show for Christmas
January 7, 2020

First anniversary of the new Ukrainian church
January 6, 2020

Old Believers argue over their prayers
January 4, 2020

Harassment of ordinary Jehovah's Witnesses in south of Russia
January 3, 2020

Sick Jehovah's Witness mistreated in prison
January 2, 2020

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