News from Russia and other countries of former USSR
Last update: May 8, 2021

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Secretary Blinkin's visit to Ukraine stirs religious controversy
May 7, 2021

U.S.A. demonstrates support for Ukrainian church
May 6, 2021

Ukrainian church looks ahead to controversial visit by patriarch of Constantinople
May 5, 2021

Celebration of Hindu festival runs afoul of anti-evangelism law
May 4, 2021

Head of Ukrainian church blames Patriarch Kirill for Russian aggression
May 3, 2021

Speculation in Ukraine about Vatican meeting for Zelensky and Putin continues
May 1, 2021

Russian church spokesman cautiously upbeat about Ukrainian situation
April 30, 2021

Ukrainian president suggests meeting Putin in the Vatican
April 29, 2021

Crimean Pentecostals acknowledge breaking anti-evangelism law
April 29, 2021

Russian church continues dispute with Constantinople
April 28, 2021

Russian president uses Russian church to badger Ukraine
April 27, 2021

Court rebuffs prosecutor's request to imprison Jehovah's Witnesses for very long terms
April 26, 2021

Baptist preacher punished for allegedly violating anti-evangelism law
April 23, 2021

Ukrainian churches at odds over military situation
April 23, 2021

Ukrainian church suspects Moscow church will betray Ukraine
April 20, 2021

Absurd misapplication of anti-evangelism law corrected
April 19, 2021

Russian Orthodox dissident plans to join Constantinople church
April 18, 2021

Moscow church building in Ukraine destroyed by fire
April 18, 2021

Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholics rally the faithful
April 16, 2021

Jehovah's Witness faces longest prison term
April 16, 2021

Detention of Jehovah's Witnesses enters a new region
April 13, 2021

Ecumenical Ukrainian criticism of Russian belligerence
April 13, 2021

Official claims that Russian church agitates in Estonia for Kremlin goals
April 12, 2021

Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses gets more brutal
April 9, 2021

Moscow church in Ukraine prepared for civil disobedience 
April 8, 2021

Russian investigation bureau nabs four Jehovah's Witnesses
April 7, 2021

Court unmoved by appeal of elderly Jehovah's Witness
April 6, 2021

Russian church does not care that its Easter differs from other Christians
April 5, 2021

Orthodox dissident seeks reconsideration of his case
April 5, 2021

Orthodox leader suspends punishment of dissident churchman
April 5, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses frustrated in Rostov courts
March 29, 2021

Jehovah's Witness in Russian-occupied Crimea given long prison term
March 29, 2021

Moscow patriarchate likes changes in religion law
March 24, 2021

Lower chamber of Russian parliament passes amendments to religion law
March 24, 2021

Prosecutor asks for longest jail time thus far for Jehovah's Witnesses
March 23, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses family harassed by authorities
March 23, 2021

Russian parliament set to adopt delayed changes to religion law
March 18, 2021

Baptist leader acknowledges he broke religion law
March 17, 2021

Court piles up 13 years of punishment for elderly Jehovah's Witness
March 16, 2021

"Veteran of Labor" Jehovah's Witness woman sentenced
March 12, 2021

Another elderly woman Jehovah's Witness threatened with prison
March 11, 2021

Jehovah's Witness loses appeal in Rostov
March 1, 2021

Small concession from state for Jehovah's Witness
March 1, 2021

Ukrainian high court undercuts authority of Orthodox bishops
March 1, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses win partial victory in appeal of verdicts
February 27, 2021

Russian press reports American defense of Jehovah's Witnesses
February 26, 2021

Document: Russian foreign ministry letter to Jehovah's Witness believer
February 26, 2021

Repression of Jehovah's Witnesses taken to new level
February 24, 2021

Initsiativniki Baptists shut down by prosecutor for evangelism
February 20, 2021

Local news media explain prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
February 19, 2021

Guzev becomes 70th Jehovah's Witness to be convicted since 2017
February 18, 2021

New wave of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
February 16, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to testify in their trial
February 16, 2021

Authorities use social media to combat Jehovah's Witnesses
February 16, 2021

Court activity in Jewish region against Jehovah's Witnesses continues
February 16, 2021

Court increases severity of pretrial treatment of Moscow Jehovah's Witnesses
February 15, 2021

Ukrainian president takes action against pro-Moscow court decisions
February 13, 2021

14 Jehovah's Witnesses on trial in small Jewish region
February 12, 2021

Update on harassment of Moscow Jehovah's Witnesses
February 12, 2021

New level of punishment of Jehovah's Witnesses reached
February 10, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses case renewed in Moscow
February 10, 2021

Imprisoned dissident monk still attracting media attention
February 8, 2021

Moscow patriarchate floats idea of ending church division
February 8, 2021

Trial of Jehovah's Witness reveals covert collection of evidence
February 5, 2021

Another conviction handed Jehovah's Witness in Jewish region
February 3, 2021

Russian customs confiscates Jehovah's Witnesses' books
February 2, 2021

Conflict over Buddhist monastery in Russia resolved
February 2, 2021

Appeals court rules against Jehovah's Witnesses
February 1, 2021

Top two Orthodox bishops respond to demonstrations roiling country
January 31, 2021

Authorities add another region where Jehovah's Witnesses are persecuted
January 30, 2021

Two protestants suffer misapplication of anti-evangelism law
January 29, 2021

Another criminal conviction of Jehovah's Witnesses woman
January 26, 2021

Jehovah's Witness triumphs in high court over prosecution
January 25, 2021

Authorities are dealing with both religious and political dissidents
January 25, 2021

Powerful church official criticizes Orthodox dissident
January 25, 2021

Prosecutor tries to overturn victory of Jehovah's Witness in south of Russia
January 23, 2021

Ukrainian inter-church hostilities fester
January 23, 2021

Nineteen Jehovah's Witnesses on trial in Birobidzhan region
January 21, 2021

Court keeps case of "Moscow Five" Jehovah's Witnesses open
January 21, 2021

Three Jehovah's Witnesses wait more than two years for trial
January 18, 2021

Orthodox dissident still attracting news media attention
January 15, 2021

Jehovah's Witness loses appeal in Kirov
January 15, 2021

Anti-evangelism law enforced against Orthodox cleric
January 14, 2021

Russian parliament views exempting religious bodies from financial oversight
January 11, 2021

Moscow patriarch sees divine hand in Turkey's actions
January 7, 2021

Constantinople unyielding on new church in Ukraine
January 5, 2021

Consequences for Jehovah's Witnesses after completing sentences
December 31. 2020

Religious news source reviews last year
December 31, 2020

Church punishes clergyman, but probably does not silence him
December 30, 2020

Notorious Orthodox clergyman found guilty by church
December 29, 2020

Police detain dissident Orthodox figure
December 29, 2020

Russia casts net wider for Jehovah's Witnesses
December 25, 2020

Belarusian leader grants pope's request for reconciliation
December 23, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses to appeal their convictions in south Russia
December 22, 2020

Relatively light, but unjustified, sentences for Jehovah's Witnesses in south Russia
December 19, 2020

Woman Jehovah's Witness spends 14 months in prison without trial
December 18, 2020

Court sentences for mere membership in Jehovah's Witnesses congregation
December 17, 2020

Ukrainian president appears to snub new church
December 17, 2020

Russian president repeats his objection to hurting believers' feelings
December 17, 2020

Leader of new Ukrainian church addresses criticisms
December 16, 2020

Substantial prison term imposed on Jehovah's Witness
December 16, 2020

Russian church leader recognizes American president-elect on same day Putin does
December 15, 2020

Another trial of Jehovah's Witness nears conclusion
December 15, 2020

Russian church leader claims Constantinople hoodwinked Moscow
December 14, 2020

U.S.A. challenges Russian stance in religious rights debate
December 12, 2020

Orel Jehovah's Witnesses locked up for two months
December 12, 2020

Russian president bids to change terms of religious rights debate
December 11, 2020

Jehovah's Witness has spent more than two years in prison without trial
December 10, 2020

Apparent fallout from Moscow case of Jehovah's Witnesses
December 9, 2020

Orthodox leader confronts virus-deniers in the church
December 8, 2020

Support for Jehovah's Witnesses prisoners needed
December 8, 2020

American House of Representatives condemns Russian rights violations
December 7, 2020

Judge rejects prosecutor's request to imprison Jehovah's Witnesses without trial
December 3, 2020

Russian police accused of brutality against Jehovah's Witness
December 2, 2020

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