Posted by: becketfund | February 8, 2007

Russia: Government Calls for Demolitions of Churches and Mosques

Forum 18 reports a recent trend in local authorities across Russia calling for the demolition of certain churches and mosques based on technical reasons of “unauthorized construction” and fire safety, despite a clear motive. Religious congregations of various confessions, in places as far apart as AbakanKirovo-ChepetskKaluga and Tyumen(click for maps) have all encountered such problems, resulting in fines, closure, and in some cases demolition notices. In at least one case, the Russian Supreme Court has upheld the demolition notices.


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