Posted by: becketfund | November 13, 2007

Transdniester: Confiscations of Religious Literature Continues

Forum 18 reports that Transdniester, an as-yet unrecognized political entity within the borders of Moldova, routinely confiscates items of a religious nature found on people crossing their borders. Most recently, a Russian Orthodox priest had his car impounded after passing through a Transdniestrian checkpoint where he “did not declare” that he was carrying church candles. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Protestants and Russian Orthodox have all cited instances of having religious literature confiscated at checkpoints, with Baptists reporting that the literature is frequently not returned after confiscation. Currently, only registered religious communities may import literature.

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