UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness
(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
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
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
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
(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
(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’
(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
WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.
Russian court bans ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses
MOSCOW (USA Today) – The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Russian website calls it a “black day for the fundamental freedoms in Russia.”
Russian court to consider ban on ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses HQ
(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
(RNS) The three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — weigh in on the spiritual and moral consequences of telling a whopper.
Russian Orthodox Church calls boycotted Crete council ‘an important event’
(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.