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ECHR finds rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses violated in Russia

MOSCOW, June 26 (RAPSI, Oleg Panfilov) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held Thursday that Russia violated the rights of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow during armed police raid in 2006. The court found that Russia has violated Article 5 (Rights to liberty and security) and 9 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells “Orthodox brothers” not to believe propaganda, look at the truth

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, tensions are getting worse between local Catholics and the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which continues to denounce the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine for its alleged involvement with Western policy vis-à-vis Russia. In making an appeal for reconciliation through AsiaNews, the Major Archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav […]

An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

by George Wiegel http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-patriarch-of-moscow   His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Danilov Monastery 115191 Moscow RUSSIA Your Holiness: Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering with pleasure our meeting in Washington some years ago, I am prompted to write by what I once hoped was a common concern for the […]

Beaten and threatened: the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ turns on city’s priests

by David Blair Praying for peace can be a dangerous endeavour for Christians in Donetsk, especially if they happen not to follow the Russian Orthodox Church. The self-declared “People’s Republic”, which controls this Ukrainian city and much of the surrounding region, proclaims Orthodoxy to be its official religion. Inside their occupied headquarters building, leaders of […]

Russia’s new “Georgievskaya” ideology

In March 2014 the Russian Federation illegally annexed the Crimean Autonomous Republic from Ukraine. From there the instability has spilled over to almost the entire South-East of Ukraine. The Crimean crisis and separatism in the South-East of Ukraine are the strongest historical challenges for the Ukrainian people and sovereignty since independence. However, Ukraine is not […]

NGOs in Russia Could be Labeled ‘Foreign Agents’ Without Their Consent

President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Justice Ministry to register nongovernmental organizations as “foreign agents” without their consent, Interfax reported Wednesday. A law that entered into force in 2012 required all NGOs engaged in “political activity” to formally register as “foreign agents.” The designation itself carries strong, negative associations with Cold War-era espionage. Furthermore, any NGO registering as a foreign agent is required […]

Soviet practice of psychiatric evaluation of political criminals reemerges in Russia today

UCSJ STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF RUSSIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Mrs. TATYANA KOTLYAR With nearly 50 years of involvement, the UCSJ has extensive experience in supporting human rights activists in the former Soviet Union.  After years of such experience, UCSJ has observed that too often in Russian history, authorities have persecuted brave, honest, heroic, and innocent people […]

The internet was the last free zone in Russian society. Now Putin has it in his grasp

Vladimir Putin hates revolutions. In 1989, he was horrified when East Germans burned the Stasi headquarters in Dresden, where he worked as a young KGB agent. He took Russia’s 1991 revolutionary overthrow of the Soviet system as a personal betrayal. He scoffed at Georgia’s Rose Revolution in 2003, and derided Ukraine’s (failed) 2004 Orange Revolution. […]

Odessa is not the Crimea: this war is about Europe

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Battles continue to rage in Eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, four people died and 30 were injured in a gunfight between pro-Russian and Ukrainian military forces on the outskirts of Slovyansk. An army helicopter was shot down , but the pilots survived. Two days ago, government forces killed 20 rebels and dozens more were injured […]