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Last update: May 21, 2019

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Jehovah's Witnesses frustrated by arbitrariness in Finland
May 16, 2019

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Kremlin takes action to resolve dispute over building a church
May 20, 2019

Semi-Islamic sect activity punished in Russia
May 17, 2019

Ukrainian tradition evoked in inauguration of new leader
May 17, 2019

Kremlin evasive over public demonstrations against building church
May 17, 2019

Actions against Jehovah's Witnesses in Volgograd region
May 17, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses frustrated by arbitrariness in Finland
May 16, 2019

Dispute over building church in Ekaterinburg continues
May 16, 2019

Trial of Danish Jehovah's Witness recessed for one week
May 16, 2019

Opposition to building Orthodox church draws national attention
May 15, 2019

Ecumenical patriarchate rejects Filaret's complaints
May 15, 2019

Filaret holds press conference to air complaints
May 15, 2019

Filaret's Ukrainian church party flops
May 14, 2019

Local newspaper quotes Putin against trial of Jehovah's Witnesses
May 13, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses make an interim summary of persecution in 2019
May 13, 2019

Head of Ukrainian church rejects convening council
May 10, 2019

Filaret approaches sensitive relations between Ukrainian church leaders
May 10, 2019

Year-old criminal case against Jehovah's Witnesses drags on
May 9, 2019

Conflict between Ukrainian church leaders
May 8, 2019

Trial of Danish Jehovah's Witness recessed until next week
May 8, 2019

Jehovah's Witness' appeal may last several days
May 7, 2019

Almost four million rubles collected in 2018 for illegal evangelism
May 6, 2019

 Conflicts in Ukraine over church affiliation
May 3, 2019

Actions against Jehovah's Witnesses in Smolensk
May 2, 2019

 
Jehovah's Witness in pretrial custody in Krasnoyarsk territory
April 26, 2019

Ukrainian protestants organize Easter celebration
April 26, 2019

Ukrainian court avoids dispute over church issue
April 25, 2019

Actions against Jehovah's Witnesses in Novosibirsk
April 25, 2019

Apparent crackdown on non-Orthodox religious activity
April 23, 2019

 
Actions against Jehovah's Witnesses in Krasnoyarsk territory
April 23, 2019

New Ukrainian president has ambiguous relationship with church
April 22, 2019

Moscow church wins reprieve in Ukrainian court
April 22, 2019

Ukrainian church involved in secular political contest
April 20, 2019

Local official regrets arrest of protestant preacher
April 19, 2019

 
Antisemitic attack at start of Passover in Moscow
April 19, 2019

Russian court concedes Jehovah's Witnesses mistreated
April 18, 2019

National newspaper supports Jehovah's Witnesses
April 15, 2019

Russian church meddles in Ukrainian election
April 15, 2019

Investigation bureau pursues Jehovah's Witnesses in southern Siberia
April 15, 2019

Collusion between Russian government and church
April 12, 2019

Brief reports of Jehovah's Witnesses in Saratov, Surgut, and Khakassia
April 12, 2019

Three Jehovah's Witnesses arrested in Pskov region
April 11, 2019

Ukrainian church tries to appear politically neutral
April 11, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses have long wait for trial in Orenburg
April 11, 2019

Speaker of Ukrainian legislature challenges court action
April 9, 2019

Russian Baptists defend their rights
April 9, 2019

Officials deny Jehovah's Witnesses were tortured
April 8, 2019

Rights advocates demonstrate for Jehovah's Witnesses
April 7, 2019

Ukrainian law struck down on technicality
April 6, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses charged with crime of financing extremism
April 5, 2019

News media speculating about split among bishops of new Ukrainian church
April 5, 2019

Moscow Pentecostals win appeal against meeting ban
April 5, 2019

Moscow newspaper spreads rumors of divisions in new Ukrainian church
April 3, 2019

Moscow church chooses favorites in Ukrainian presidential contest
April 3, 2019

Charges presented to Jehovah's Witnesses in Crimea
April 3, 2019

Pretrial restrictions of Jehovah's Witnesses comparatively long in Kirov
April 2, 2019

Moscow church asks for international aid in Ukraine
April 2, 2019

New Ukrainian church claims mistreatment by Russian occupiers
April 2, 2019

Moscow patriarch continues diatribe against Ukrainian church
April 2, 2019

Orel Jehovah's Witness avoided imprisonment
April 1, 2019

Moscow demonstrators support Orel Jehovah's Witness
April 1, 2019

Breaking: Jehovah's Witness found guilty
April 1, 2019

Orel Jehovah's Witness addresses court; awaits sentence Monday
March 29, 2019

U.S. ambassador to Ukraine shows support in advance of elections
March 29, 2019

Security personnel raid Scientology churches
March 29, 2019

Moscow press conference regarding Jehovah's Witnesses
March 28, 2019

Court overrules Jehovah's Witnesses' real estate transaction
March 27, 2019

Another prosecution of protestants for sharing their religion
March 27, 2019

S.K.R. tries to explain away reports about torture of Jehovah's Witnesses
March 27, 2019

Raids du jour on Jehovah's Witnesses
March 26, 2019

Long article: Protestant attorney warns about religious persecution
March 25, 2019

Non-Jehovah's Witnesses demonstrators on streets of northern capital
March 23, 2019

Moscow church in Ukraine denies it is a Moscow church
March 22, 2019

Outspoken Orthodox figure defends Jehovah's Witnesses
March 22, 2019

Moscow church leader confronts Ukrainian president
March 22, 2019

Wave of arrests of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian Far East
March 22, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses rebut Russian government's denial of torture
March 21, 2019

European court accepts Russia's denial that Jehovah's Witnesses were tortured
March 21, 2019

Another report of harassing Jehovah's Witnesses in frigid northeastern Siberia
March 20, 2019

Another report of suppressing Jehovah's Witnesses in Crimea
March 20, 2019

Another report of suppressing Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian north
March 20, 2019

Multiple Jehovah's Witnesses detained in Russian Far East
March 19, 2019

News media broadcast doubts about torture of Jehovah's Witnesses
March 19, 2019

Reshuffling of Ukrainian churches continues
March 19, 2019

Prosecution of Orel Jehovah's Witnesses continues
March 18, 2019

Intelligence agency used against Moscow church in Ukraine
March 16, 2019

Moscow church in Ukraine claims abuse by officials
March 16, 2019

Ukrainian church leader already displeased with new church procedures
March 15, 2019

Georgia looks to eliminate clerical deferment from military draft
March 15, 2019

Court dismisses case against Jehovah's Witness in south of Russia
March 15, 2019

American missionaries victims of anti-evangelism law
March 14, 2019

Rights advocate sees Russian antireligious policy becoming far-reaching
March 13, 2019

Opponents of new Ukrainian church rebuffed in court
March 13, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses' property in St. Petersburg still being disposed of
March 12, 2019

Mormons worry about a fate like Jehovah's Witnesses
March 11, 2019

 
Russian press puzzles over religious influence on Trump
March 9, 2019

Official request to release American missionaries to go home
March 8, 2019

Update on Ukrainian church developments
March 8, 2019

Pentecostal social ministry attacked in Moscow
March 7, 2019

Two Jehovah's Witnesses still imprisoned in KhMAO
March 7, 2019

American citizen loses appeal against court verdict
March 7, 2019

Americans prosecuted for participating in church service
March 6, 2019

Moscow church leader calls Billy Graham's sermons "Orthodox"
March 4, 2019

Long article: Sympathetic news coverage of Jehovah's Witnesses
March 1, 2019

Five Jehovah's Witnesses arrested in Lenin's birthplace
March 1, 2019

Jehovah's Witness exonerated by court
March 1, 2019

Local maneuvers affect Ukrainian church politics
March 1, 2019

Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses continue to draw news media attention
February 28, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses in distant isolated towns report harassment
February 28, 2019

British Broadcasting Company highlights Jehovah's Witnesses
February 27, 2019

European court acts fast on Jehovah's Witnesses' report about torture
February 27, 2019

Ukrainian rebels deny existence of Orthodox Church of Ukraine
February 26, 2019

Public schools of Ukraine will study history of new church
February 26, 2019

Moscow patriarchate holds Ukrainian government responsible for troubles
February 26, 2019

New Ukrainian church fears its expulsion from Russian-controlled areas
February 25, 2019

Repercussions of mistreatment of Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses continue
February 25, 2019

Jehovah's Witness loses his job
February 25, 2019

Misunderstandings hinder parishes joining new Ukrainian church
February 23, 2019

Russian officials nether deny nor confirm torture of Jehovah's Witnesses
February 22, 2019

Protestant attorney prompted Putin's order to Supreme Court
February 22, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses' attempt to hold onto Kingdom Hall frustrated
February 21, 2019

Russian president intervenes in court action affecting religion
February 21, 2019

Testimony of one Jehovah's Witness from Surgut.about torture
February 20, 2019

Uproar over Jehovah's Witnesses is ratcheted up
February 20, 2019

Jehovah's Witness in far north arrested
February 19, 2019

Ukraine accuses Russia of plotting violence against Moscow church
February 18, 2019

Christensen's verdict appealed
February 18, 2019

Moscow church stirs up world awareness of Ukraine
February 18, 2019

Ukrainian government threatens Moscow church with closure
February 18, 2019

Ukrainian president claims more than 300 parishes have transferred to new church
February 18, 2019

News report slanders Jehovah's Witnesses by linking them with Islamic State
February 18, 2019

International outcry over Christensen's treatment continues
February 15, 2019

Additional details about detained Ukrainian bishop released
February 15, 2019

Moscow church bishop harassed in Ukraine
February 14, 2019

International outcry against sentencing of Danish Jehovah's Witness
February 13, 2019

Russian justice ministry shows sensitivity to sympathy for Jehovah's Witnesses
February 13, 2019

Foreign Jews accused of illegal missionary activity
February 13, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses leadership clearly summarizes its case
February 13, 2019

Update on growth of new Ukrainian church
February 12, 2019

Russian parliament member spouts alarmist fantasy about America
Febtuary 12, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses' situation stirs Supreme Court's attention
February 12, 2019

Russian newspaper surveys last week's highlights
February 10, 2019

Opinion: Russia cannot have freedom of religion
February 10, 2019

Hostile press coverage of Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses
February 8, 2019

Mixed signals from Kremlin about Jehovah's Witnesses
February 8, 2019

Moscow press conference regarding Christensen case
February 8, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian north targeted
February 7, 2019

Christensen case befuddles Russian government
February 7, 2019

Christensen receives official European support
February 7, 2019

Moscow church tries to get American support in Ukrainian issue
February 6, 2019

Major national newspaper covers Christensen story
February 6, 2019

Appeal of Christensen's verdict planned
February 6, 2019

Orthodox church uses secular court to settle church governance dispute
February 6, 2019

Christensen's time served to be determined
February 6, 2019

Kremlin gives evasive response to sentencing of Christensen
February 6, 2019

Dennis Christensen handed harsh sentence
February 6, 2019

New Ukrainian church arranges its administration
February 5, 2019

Use of force fails to prevent transfer into Ukrainian church
February 5, 2019

Optimistic estimate of growth of Ukrainian church
February 4, 2019

Controversy about transfer of parish into Ukrainian church
February 4, 2019

Ukrainian president attends installation of church leader
February 3, 2019

Ukrainian government reacts to Russian threat
February 2, 2019

Danish Jehovah's Witness makes his final defense
February 1, 2019

American Orthodox leader in Moscow
February 1, 2019

Ukraine does not welcome visit by Moscow patriarch
February 1, 2019

Combating Jehovah's Witnesses by nonjudicial tactics
January 31, 2019

Exact name of new Ukrainian church legally specified
January 31, 2019

Russian president threatens to intervene in Ukrainian church situation
January 31, 2019

Protestant believers denied right to assemble in residence
January 30, 2019

Danish Jehovah's Witness awaits verdict
January 30, 2019

Branch of True Orthodox Church adds bishop in Ukraine
January 29, 2019

Administrative details for starting new Ukrainian church's activity
January 29, 2019

Moscow church disciplines Ukrainian priest
January 29, 2019

Jehovah's Witness to spend two months in jail without trial
January 29, 2019

Ukrainian officials dispute who decides disposition of church property
January 28, 2019

Pessimistic view of case of Danish Jehovah's Witness
January 28, 2019

Moscow church leader acknowledges religious persecution in Russia
January 28, 2019

Ukrainian government identifies Russian churches within its borders
January 28, 2019

Harsh language used in Ukrainian dispute
January 28, 2019

West Ukrainian politicians report parish transfers
January 28, 2019

One Jehovah's Witness refugee's story
January 27, 2019

Ukrainian rural parishes join new church without their rectors
January 27, 2019

Conclusion of trial of Danish Jehovah's Witness put off again
January 27, 2019

American diplomat courts Ukrainian churches
January 25, 2019

Government website reports local changes of church jurisdiction in Ukraine
January 25, 2019

Huge international expression of support for Jehovah's Witnesses
January 25, 2019

PTsU metropolitan grants admission to former Moscow parish
January 24, 2019

Brawl halts Ukrainian village meeting on church jurisdiction
January 24, 2019

Ultra-conservative Russian church leadership meets in Moscow
January 24, 2019

BBC features case of Danish Jehovah's Witness
January 23, 2019

Closing arguments in trial of Danish Jehovah's Witness
January 23, 2019

Poroshenko hopes for growth of new Ukrainian church
January 22, 2019

Court takes Jehovah's Witnesses' property in Kostroma oblast
January 22, 2019

Minor disputes about transfer into new Ukrainian church
January 21, 2019

Ukrainian priest from troubled area joins new church
January 21, 2019

Atheist among first to benefit from Putin's intervention in extremism device
January 21, 2019

Regional governor reports priests and parishes joining Ukrainian church
January 20, 2019

Ukrainian president calls out Moscow churches
January 18, 2019

Almost two-year-long trial of Jehovah's Witness nears end
January 18, 2019

Criticism of changes in Ukrainian law on church jurisdiction
January 17, 2019

Ukrainian parliament prescribes how parishes may change affiliation
January 17, 2019

Conflicting views of decision to join new Ukrainian church
January 16, 2019

Rights advocates speculate about Russian president's intentions
January 15, 2019

Ukrainian leaders celebrate church's independence
January 15, 2019

Ukrainian parliament to view new bill on changing churches
January 15, 2019

Poroshenko holds forth on independence of Ukrainian church
January 14, 2019

Ukrainian parishes appeal to civil authority to settle disputes
January 14, 2019

Reports of parishes joining Ukrainian church trickle in
January 14, 2019

Patriarch Filaret causes friction in new church
January 11, 2019

Status of new Ukrainian church can change
January 11, 2019

Ukrainians favor new church two to one
January 11, 2019

Realignment of individual Ukrainian parishes underway
January 10, 2019

Ukrainian parliament seeks to help new church
January 9, 2019

Popular support for Ukrainian church muted
January 9, 2019

New Ukrainian church permits local option in language question
January 9, 2019

Baptist church in Russian occupied Crimea shut down
January 9, 2019

Russian lawmakers threaten restrictive law
January 8, 2019

Putin goes to church on Christmas Eve
January 7, 2019

Independent Ukrainian church celebrates Christmas
January 7, 2019

Other Orthodox churches' responses to independence of Ukrainian church, or lack thereof
January 6, 2019

Moscow church reacts to events in Constantinople
January 6, 2019

Patriarch of Constantinople greets Ukrainian church
January 6, 2019

Ukrainian church officially recognized
January 6, 2019

Introduction to the tomos
January 5, 2019

Unconfirmed reports of parishes joining PTsU
January 5, 2019

Delegation of Ukrainian politicians attends church ceremony in Istanbul
January 5, 2019

Ukrainian church leader settling in
January 4, 2019


Ukrainian politicians still resisting changes in churches
January 3, 2019

Legal chaos follows developments of Ukrainian church situation
January 2, 2019

Jehovah's Witnesses have filed more than 40 complaints in European court
January 1, 2019

Constantinople leader dismisses Kirill's letter
January 1, 2019

Moscow patriarch publishes open letter to Constantinople leader
December 31, 2018

Ukrainian church awaits recognition by other Orthodox churches
December 30, 2018

Ukrainian church leaders discuss Uniate-Orthodox cooperation
December 29, 2018

Moscow patriarchate enumerates its grievances over Ukrainian situation
December 29, 2018

Amendment of law may affect Jehovah's Witnesses
December 28, 2018

Revised law mitigates penalty for extremist publications
December 28, 2018

Judge accepts false testimony against 70-year-old Jehovah's Witness
December 27, 2018

Pentecostals win in trial of their literature
December 27, 2018

Pentecostal believer found guilty of violating anti-evangelism law
December 26, 2018

Misuse of psychiatry in assessing religious behavior
December 25, 2018

Pentecostal minister convicted on charge of psychological harm
December 25, 2018

One Jehovah's Witness' criminal case drags on for a year and a half
December 21, 2018

Ukrainian parliament defies Moscow church on its name
December 20, 2018

Russian president comments on Ukrainian church situation
December 20, 2018

Ukrainians hopeful about resolution of church situation
December 20, 2018

Jehovah's Witnesses' property case before European court
December 19, 2018

Official American support for new Ukrainian church
December 19, 2018

Poroshenko offers freedom of church choice
December 18, 2018

Further fall-out from Putin's remarks about Jehovah's Witnesses
December 18, 2018

Putin promises to talk with head of Supreme Court about Jehovah's Witnesses
December 17, 2018

Russian president questions persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses
December 17, 2018

Ukrainian legislature proposes laws as result of creation of new church
December 17, 2018

Kremlin responds cagily to Ukrainian church developments
December 17, 2018

Shakeup of high ranking Ukrainian church leaders
December 17, 2018

Russian church dismisses events in Ukraine
December 15, 2018

Autocephalous Ukrainian church is PTsU
December 15, 2018

American embassy takes note of Ukrainian church situation
December 15, 2018

Metropolitan Epifany elected primate of Ukrainian church
December 15, 2018

Representatives participating in Ukrainian church assembly
December 15, 2018

Group of Initsiativniki Baptists held accountable on Yarovaya Law
December 14, 2018

Rumor about leading candidate for primate of new Ukrainian church
December 14, 2018

Patriarch Kirill makes frantic appeal for world attention
December 14, 2018

Ukrainian church is prepared for the unification council
December 13, 2018

Moscow church unhappy with service on St. Andrew's day
December 13, 2018

Ukrainians display cooperation on St. Andrew's day
December 13, 2018

Fears of Russia in Ukraine
December 12, 2018

Pre-council negotiations for a smooth meeting
December 12, 2018

Ukrainian security against Moscow church
December 11, 2018

Metropolitan Makary will cooperate with ecumenical patriarch
December 11, 2018

Two Jehovah's Witnesses are international fugitives from Russian justice
December 10, 2018

Patriarch Filaret drags his feet regarding meeting
December 10, 2018

Russian media attacks against non-Orthodox religions
December 10, 2018

Moscow patriarch voices firm opposition to Ukrainian church
December 9, 2018

Ukrainian public figures support autocephaly
December 9, 2018

Jehovah's Witness ruled to have committed crime on internet
December 9, 2018

Moscow news service challenges Constantinople's actions
December 8, 2018

Moscow-related church in Ukraine seeks external support

December 7, 2018

Moscow church resists patriarch of Constantinople
December 7, 2018

Constantinople patriarch challenges authority of Moscow-related primate
December 7, 2018

Patriarch Bartholomew invites Ukrainian bishops to council
December 6, 2018

Orthodox scriptures taken from Jehovah's Witnesses
December 6, 2018

Searches lead to criminal charges of Jehovah's Witnesses
December 6, 2018

Ukrainian government tries to salvage independence of church
December 6, 2018

Ukrainian church gets ready for unification council next week
December 6, 2018

Ukrainian law enforcement aims at Moscow church
December 5, 2018

Ukrainian president still confident of outcome in Ukrainian question
December 5, 2018

Criminal case against Jehovah's Witness in Russian Far East
December 4, 2018

Doubts raised about future of Ukrainian church
December 4, 2018

Scholar of Pentecostalism loses university position
December 3, 2018

Russian news media puzzle over actions of Constantinople
December 3, 2018

Ukrainian government looks to arrange symbolic use of national churches
December 3, 2018

Rights advocates side with Russian Baptists
December 2, 2018

Ukrainian church may not become as free as it hopes
December 1, 2018

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