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UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness

By Kimberly Winston — October 25, 2017

(RNS) — Daniil Islamov, an 18-year-old Jehovah’s Witness, is being detained for refusing to join the military.

Evangelical leaders rally around Kushner amid Russia probe

By Jill Colvin — July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coordinated statements are the work of Johnnie Moore, an evangelical activist from California, who recently attended a faith outreach meeting at the White House and tweeted a powerful photo of Christian leaders surrounding the president, heads bowed in prayer.

Russian Supreme Court upholds ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Jerome Socolovsky — July 17, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) — The court’s appeals chamber has upheld the April approval of the Russian Justice Ministry’s call to halt Jehovah’s Witnesses activities and to declare it an extremist organization.

Mormonism’s Russia dilemma: How to grow a fledgling faith without preaching or proselytizing

By Yonat Shimron — July 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — A year ago this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a stringent anti-terrorism law that severely limited outreach of youthful Mormons serving across the country.

Trump touts support from evangelicals, Putin friendship in Robertson interview

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 13, 2017

(RNS) The interview with the host of ‘The 700 Club’ comes as new evidence of possible collusion with the Russians to influence the 2016 election was released.

Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia intensifies and targets children

By Lauren Markoe — June 1, 2017

(RNS) For weeks the Jehovah’s Witnesses had not felt the full force of the ban on the group. Now more authorities are invoking it to halt worship and harass even the youngest Witnesses.

Since ban, persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses is ‘worse than ever’

By Lauren Markoe — May 18, 2017

(RNS) Russia has labeled the pacifist Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘extremist,’ the same designation as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

By Lauren Markoe — April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.

Russian court bans ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Vladimir Soldatkin — April 20, 2017

MOSCOW (USA Today) – The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Russian website calls it a “black day for the fundamental freedoms in Russia.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia v. in the US

By Mark Silk — April 7, 2017

Thank our lucky star.

Russian court to consider ban on ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses HQ

By Dasha Afanasieva — March 17, 2017

(Reuters) The religious organization is known for its foreign ministries as well as its door-to-door campaigns, but has had problems for years with Russian authorities, who view it as a pernicious cult, an allegation it denies.

Thou shalt not speak alternative facts: religion and lying

By Kimberly Winston — February 16, 2017

(RNS) The three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — weigh in on the spiritual and moral consequences of telling a whopper.

Russia inaugurates Orthodox cathedral in Paris

By Jerome Socolovsky — October 19, 2016

PARIS (Reuters) The Holy Trinity Cathedral is Russia’s biggest and most visible landmark in the French capital since Tsar Alexander III offered Paris a bridge named after him in the late 19th century.

Today — of all days — remember the disappeared

By guest — August 30, 2016

(RNS) Many around the world have been ‘disappeared’ for reasons relating to religion. Today is a day set aside to remember them, say two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Russian Orthodox Church calls boycotted Crete council ‘an important event’

By Tom Heneghan — July 20, 2016

(RNS) The Russian synod also said the summit in Crete could not be called “pan-Orthodox” because four of the 14 independent Orthodox member churches did not attend.

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