Posted by: becketfund | June 19, 2007

Uzbekistan: Church Closes Following Government Pressure

Forum 18 reports that the Resurrection Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of Andijan, Uzbekistan, has decided to close its doors after severe pressure from local authorities and prosecutors. Due to threats and insults reaching a new level in the past year, the congregation felt that it was no longer safe to continue meeting. Bakhtier Tuichiev, the church’s pastor, reported that since being fined last December for leading an “illegal” meeting, he is now monitored by the police and prohibited from leaving the country. Another Pentecostal pastor, Dmitry Shestakov, is currently serving four years in a labor camp for his religious activity (full report).

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