News from Russia and other countries of former USSR
Last update: January 18, 2022

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Some Jehovah's Witnesses benefit from Supreme Court's ruling
January 18, 2022

Catholic clergy fear Russian invasion of Ukraine
January 17, 2022

Russian foreign minister injects religious dimension of Ukrainian issue
January 14, 2022

Illegal prosecution of Jehovah's Witness in Russian-occupied region
January 14, 2022

Appeals court defies instructions from Supreme Court in Jehovah's Witnesses case
January 12, 2022

Moscow church leader in Belarus echoes dictator's aspiration
January 11, 2022

Russian Orthodox bishop sides with Kazakhstani president
January 10, 2022

Belarusian dictator alarmed by religious dimension of Kazakh crisis
January 7, 2022

Orthodox "foreign minister" announces negotiations for patriarch's meeting with pope
December 22, 2021

Orthodox leaders dispute situation in Ukrainian churches
December 21, 2021

Ukrainian evangelical preacher rebuffed in Russia
December 20, 2021

Ukrainian church leader resists army chaplains from Moscow church
December 19, 2021

Head of new Ukrainian church expresses hope for papal intervention
December 18, 2021

Teenager bombs an Orthodox high school outside Moscow
December 13, 2021

Ukraine is urgent matter for the pope
December 12, 2021

Orthodox church's "foreign minister" supports Russia's diplomacy
December 11, 2021

Ukrainian foreign ministry keeps talk of pope's visit alive
December 10, 2021

Pope makes overture for a trip to Russia; Moscow not so eager
December 6, 2021

Russia acts against evangelical movement with international ties
December 3, 2021

Ukrainian Greek Catholics have hopes for papal visit
December 2, 2021

Another Jehovah's Witness benefits from Supreme Court ruling
November 30, 2021

Dissident Orthodox monk given prison sentence
November 30, 2021

Fallout from Supreme Court ruling still occurring
November 29, 2021

Bishop who attacked priest inhibited from ministry
November 28, 2021

Video of Orthodox bishop's physical abuse causes scandal
November 27, 2021

Orthodox church engulfed by dispute over electronic codes
November 26, 2021

Activities of the organization of Ukrainian evangelicals
November 24, 2021

Ukrainian government official criticizes Russian behavior in Crimea
November 24, 2021

Experts disagree on expectations from Supreme Court directive
November 23, 2021

Russian-American dispute about religious rights heats up
November 22, 2021

Trial court applies recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Jehovah's Witness
November 22, 2021

Patriarch Kirill celebrates his 75th birthday
November 20, 2021

Catholic church intercedes for migrants trapped in Belarus
November 15, 2021

Belarusian Baptists recall soviet times
November 12, 2021

Protestant congregation hounded by security agency
November 10, 2021

Civil rights committee takes stand for Jehovah's Witnesses
November 8, 2021

Prosecution of old case of Siberian sect revived
November 4, 2021

Georgian church leader slights Moscow patriarchate, congratulating Bartholomew
November 2, 2021

Constantinople patriarch received in U.S.A
November 1, 2021

Results of high court decision wait to be seen
October 30, 2021

Russian high court opinion may improve conditions for Jehovah's Witnesses
October 29, 2021

Moscow church criticizes Constantinople patriarch in U.S.
October 27, 2021

Orthodox leader urges believers to take health precautions
October 26, 2021

Severe sentences draw renewed attention to Jehovah's Witnesses
October 26, 2021

Orthodox church leader regrets Putin's mortality
October 25, 2021

Court assigns longest prison terms yet to three Jehovah's Witnesses
October 25, 2021

Moscow churches not shut down along with the city
October 25, 2021

Public disagreement between top Orthodox spokesmen
October 25, 2021

Belarus treats Jehovah's Witnesses better than does Russia
October 22, 2021

Russian Supreme Court reports decline in application of anti-evangelism law
October 21, 2021

Belarus shielding Jehovah's Witness from Russia
October 20, 2021

Pandemic disrupts Orthodox church's schedule
October 15, 2021

Patriarch Kirill ignites debate over clash with Constantinople
October 14, 2021

Jehovah's Witness recounts torture by security troops
October 13, 2021

Russian rights advocates defend prosecuted Jehovah's Witnesses
October 12, 2021

Pentecostals in Russian-occupied territory guilty under anti-evangelism law
October 7, 2021

More Baptists from Caucasus violate anti-evangelism law
October 7, 2021

Russian law enforcement claims disruption of terrorism
October 5, 2021

Russian religion law amended
October 3, 2021

Anti-evangelism law still being used against protestants
October 3, 2021

Russia blackballs Scientologists
October 1, 2021

Rostov Jehovah's Witness loses first appeal, plans a second
September 30, 2021

Five Jehovah's Witnesses sent to prison colony
September 23, 2021

Ukrainian press mocks Moscow church's discord with ecumenical patriarch
September 23, 2021

Three-year-old case against Jehovah's Witnesses delayed again
September 22, 2021

Yet another prosecution of a Jehovah's Witness
September 21, 2021

Notorious case involving Jehovah's Witnesses finally ready for court
September 17, 2021

Moscow patriarch recruits support against Constantinople
September 16, 2021

Russian diplomat repeats accusations about American meddling in Orthodoxy
September 15, 2021

Ukrainians contemplate change of national alphabet
September 14, 2021

Today is New Year's Day for Russian Orthodox
September 14, 2021

Ukrainian press sets Moscow church against America
September 13, 2021

First Russian saint in America memorialized in homeland
September 10, 2021

New case opened against Jehovah's Witness in Cheliabinsk
September 8, 2021

Prosecutor raises requested punishment for five Jehovah's Witnesses
September 7, 2021

Reformed ex-con Jehovah's Witness sentenced a second time
September 7, 2021

City government orders destruction of Pentecostal church building
September 4, 2021

Appeals court reviews harsh sentences of Jehovah's Witnesses
September 3, 2021

International organizations view abuse of Ukrainians in Russian-occupied territory
September 1, 2021

European court intervenes in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses
August 31, 2021

Russian foreign minister defends Russian church
August 31, 2021

Moscow patriarch renews condemnation of Patriarch Bartholomew
August 30, 2021

Woman fined for bringing Jehovah's Witnesses book into Russia
August 30, 2021

New roundup of Jehovah's Witnesses in Moscow
August 26, 2021

Patriarch avoids in-person confrontation with Moscow church
August 24, 2021

Russia bans some Pentecostal groups
August 23, 2021

Breaking News: The patriarch has arrived
August 20, 2021

Another Jehovah's Witness convicted in Birobidzhan
August 19, 2021

Moscow patriarchate complains about alleged government negligence
August 18, 2021

Moscow church recruits opposition to patriarch's visit
August 18, 2021

Public invitation to see patriarch in Kiev
August 18, 2021

More than ten criminal cases of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian-occupied Crimea
August 17, 2021

Adherents of Muslim sect convicted in Russian-occupied Crimea
August 16, 2021

Supporters of Moscow church prepare for patriarch's visit to Ukraine
August 13, 2021

Russian appeals court leaves harsh punishment of Crimean Jehovah's Witness
August 11, 2021

Sketchy information about patriarch's Ukrainian visit released
August 10, 2021

Practitioners of ancestral religion make their existence known
August 9, 2021

Adherent of Muslim sect amasses prison time
August 6, 2021

Rural churches rescued from common fate of soviet era
August 5, 2021

Russia raises alarm about patriarch's visit to Ukraine
August 3, 2021

Belarusian dictator makes overture to Moscow patriarch
August 2, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses' sentences pile up in south of Russia
August 2, 2021

Security service in Blagoveshchensk relentless in pursuit of Jehovah's Witnesses
August 2, 2021

Constantinople and Kiev communicate on proposed visit by patriarch
July 30, 2021

Rostov court treats Jehovah's Witnesses harshly

July 29, 2021

Constantinople patriarch's visit to Ukraine still a puzzle
July 28, 2021

Belarusian politician raises Orthodox church issue
July 26, 2021

Bishop echoes alarm about Putin's threat to Ukraine
July 25, 2021

Russian foreign minister blames U.S.A. for Ukrainian church problems
July 24, 2021

Moscow patriarch addresses Orthodox political assembly
July 22, 2021

Ukrainian nationalist news source sounds alarm over threat of Putin
July 21, 2021

Heavy fines imposed on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kirov
July 21, 2021

Seven Jehovah’s Witnesses in Griazi are defendants
July 19, 2021

Russian press slanders Jehovah’s Witnesses
July 19, 2021

Orthodox believers defy government to honor royal saints
July 17, 2021

Moscow news source doubts Ukrainian statistics
July 16, 2021

Pursuit of Jehovah’s Witnesses reaches into its 68th Russian region
July 15, 2021

Long drawn-out case against Jehovah’s Witness ends with conviction
July 14, 2021

Fifth Jehovah’s Witness convicted in Rostov-on-Don
July 13, 2021

Russian president attacks new Ukrainian church
July 13, 2021

Moscow church leader views problems of Belarusian Orthodoxy
July 10, 2021

Direct clash between metropolitan and governor in Ekaterinburg over tsarist pilgrimage
July 10, 2021

Russian Supreme Court moves trial of dissident Orthodox monk to Moscow
July 9, 2021

Ukrainian church leader imagines pope’s visit in Ukraine when patriarch may be there
July 8, 2021

Ukrainians prepare to flaunt ecumenical patriarch's visit
July 7, 2021

Public favor for new Ukrainian church grows
July 6, 2021

Putin increases attention to state manipulation of religion
July 5, 2021

Belarusian dictator picks fight with Catholics
July 4, 2021

Two long-time Jehovah's Witnesses given harsh sentences
June 30, 2021

Ukrainian Baptist goes to Russia seeking converts
June 27, 2021

Prospects for Ukrainian visit by ecumenical patriarch still uncertain
June 25, 2021

Belarusian dictator dismisses threat of Orthodox schism
June 25, 2021

Evangelicals of south Russia face charges
June 24, 2021

Prosecutor demands harsh sentences for elderly Jehovah's Witness couple
June 24, 2021

Russia readies implementation of new law affecting religion
June 23, 2021

Religious organizations acquire shield from some government intrusion
June 18, 2021

Head of new Ukrainian church solicits European aid
June 14, 2021

British ambassador to Moscow helps local church
June 13, 2021

Belarusian archbishop's replacement
June 12, 2021

In defense of the deposed Belarusian archbishop
June 10, 2021

Orthodox churchman appears victim of Belarusian autocracy
June 9, 2021

World Union of Old Believers offers help to settle dispute in Moscow church
June 8, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses detained in inhumane conditions
June 4, 2021

Number of Jehovah's Witnesses on trial in Lipetsk grows
June 2, 2021

Christian attorney gives advice for staying on good side of law
June 1, 2021

Crimean Pentecostals fined for violating Russia's anti-evangelism law
May 31, 2021

American prayer breakfast figure feted by Ukrainian churchmen
May 26, 2021

Court sorts out sentences for Jehovah's Witnesses
May 26, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses punished harshly by courts in Khakassia
May 25, 2021

Russian Orthodox leader repeats Moscow's rejection of Ukrainian church
May 24, 2021

Protestants' request to assign church building to them turned down
May 21, 2021

Three courts side with Jehovah's Witness' defense
May 20, 2021

Another Muslim activist arrested
May 20, 2021

Four Jehovah's Witnesses in Cheliabinsk face trial
May 19, 2021

Another Jehovah's Witness added to Rostov's total of convicts
May 18, 2021

Russian customs seizes Jehovah's Witnesses literature
May 18, 2021

Russian press explains Jewish celebration of the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
May 14, 2021

Ukrainian news reports American criticism of Russian rights violations
May 13, 2021

Jehovah's Witness woman's legal appeal proves costly
May 13, 2021

Believer giving away Bibles violates anti-evangelism law
May 12, 2021

Moscow church in Ukraine criticizes visit by American official
May 10, 2021

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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