Posted by: becketfund | July 11, 2007

Russia: Harassment of Koran Study Group Continues

Forum 18 reports that Russian police continue to harass members of a women’s religious study group, which met to study to Koran and the works of Turkish theologian Said Nursi. Official harassment began two years ago, when the FSB raided the homes of some of the fifty women involved in the group, confiscating literature and personal items. Five of the women were subjected to a psychiatric interrogation. The members recounted being quizzed about their religious beliefs and practices, and report that following the raids, police began to follow them to their homes and places of work. This May, a Russian court banned Said Nursi’s commentary on the Koran, “Risale-i-Nur,” calling it “extremist” literature.

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