Posted by: becketfund | November 29, 2007

Russia: Community’s Request for Land Stalled Indefinitely

Forum 18 reports that Moscow’s Molokan community, a Christian group which split from the Russian Orthodox church in the 16th century, has waited more than ten years to obtain permission to build a place of worship. The Molokans first requested land in 1996, and waited four years for a positive response. However, since November 2000, city officials have found one reason or another for blocking the Molokans’ building plans. The Molokans, long persecuted for their faith in Russia, were granted the freedom to practice their religion by Tsar Alexander I, and their community currently numbers about 70.

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