Posted by: becketfund | August 28, 2007

Kazakhstan: Raids on Grace Presbyterian Churches

Forum 18 reports that the Grace Presbyterian Church recently suffered a 15-hour raid on its churches in various locations in Kazakhstan. On August 24, members of the National Security Committee, Kazakhstan’s secret police, conducted a raid from 10 am to 1 am, beginning at Grace Presbyterian in Karaganda, where they removed documents and computers from the church and checked accounting records and literature. Members of the church who were present were not allowed to leave and were forced to write statements at the request of the authorities. Later, private homes affiliated with the community in Karaganda and a second church in the town of Oskemen were also searched, with similar items removed from the premises.

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