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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

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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