Posted by: becketfund | October 30, 2007

Russia: Churches and Mosques Threatened with Closures

Forum 18 reports that state-ordered demolitions of places of worship continue, regardless of denomination. In Astrakhan, in the south, a Muslim community has been told that their newly-constructed mosque did not receive proper authorization and may be destroyed, while the Jesus Christ Pentecostal Church has been told that the building which houses its congregation may be destroy to make way for a theater. In Kaluga, the Word of Life Pentecostal Church continues to fight government efforts to confiscate their property, while in Khakassia, Siberia, another Pentecostal church was demolished on October 22.

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