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CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]

In Crimea, churches say Russia is placing new restrictions on them

by Peter Kenny Russian officials who seized control of Crimea from Ukraine are placing new restrictions on churches and Islamic institutions there, a Scandinavian news service in freedom of religion and belief reports. Since March, when Russian annexed Crimea places of worship and individuals of some faiths (including followers of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the […]

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 […]

Meylakh Sheykhet – A fight for the Jewish heritage in Lviv

Meylakh Sheykhet is the person that cannot be ignored in Lviv concerning the Jewish life. As the representative of the Union of Councils for the Jews of the Former Soviet Union in Ukraine, he acts to the promotion of the democracy in the country. His action stretches on various fields as the defense of the […]

Father Mykola Kvych: ‘I was accused of sponsoring the Ukrainian Navy’

The last two days the faithful of our church and the citizens of Ukraine who follow events in Crimea eagerly awaited news of Father Mykola Kvych – a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and a military chaplain. This summer would have marked 10 years since he began his service in Sevastopol. Unfortunately, on the day of […]

As tensions continue with Russia, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church March 17, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the United States and European Union called illegal. While Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Eastern-rite church in Ukraine, […]

RUSSIA: Two fines, two more sentences imminent, court-ordered book destructions

Two readers of Islamic theologian Said Nursi have been fined in Tatarstan for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief, with sentences on a further two expected on 19 March, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Although a similar criminal case in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad has been abandoned, a criminal investigation […]

Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because […]