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Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to six or more years in Russian prison for their faith

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Since 2017, 14 Jehovah’s Witnesses have been sentenced to six or more years of prison in Russia, where they are considered an extremist group.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny denied access to a Quran in prison

By Joseph Hammond — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — 'I made a list of ways I wanted to improve myself that I will try to complete in jail. One of the points was to deeply study and understand the Quran,' Navalny said in an Instagram post. He is threatening to sue Russian authorities over access to Islam’s holy book.

Fifth Jehovah’s Witness receives six-year sentence in Russia for practicing his faith

By Adelle M. Banks — December 17, 2020
(RNS) — Yuriy Savelyev was ‘charged with organizing the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ when his home was raided in 2018.

One Jehovah’s Witness acquitted in Russia as others get months of restrictions

By Adelle M. Banks — October 8, 2020
(RNS) — ‘We hope that Russia will stop vilifying Jehovah’s Witnesses with the preposterous label of ‘extremists,’’ a spokesman said.

Trump taxes report highlights nearly $400,000 payment from Billy Graham group

By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — A new report from The New York Times citing Trump’s tax information raises questions about the potential conflicts of interest in making money off his religious allies while in office.

Émigré Russian Orthodox inch toward a return to Moscow Patriarchate

By Tom Heneghan — September 10, 2019
PARIS (RNS) — A decision seemed to be made, but as with most émigré politics and disputes among Eastern Orthodox churches, it got complicated.

Rome synod aims to bolster identity of Ukrainian Greek Catholics amid conflict

By Claire Giangravé — September 4, 2019
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod of the world's largest Eastern church requires some delicate diplomacy for a pontificate that has made numerous efforts to strengthen relations with Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian Orthodox Church considers a ban on blessing weapons of mass destruction

By Marc Bennetts — July 9, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — The ban would constitute a signal change in the church's official policy regarding Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral

By Marc Bennetts — May 24, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — Protesters caused Russian church officials to cancel plans for a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg, the country’s fourth-largest city. Protesters were angered that the cathedral was going to be built on a rare piece of green space.

Six-year prison sentence for Jehovah’s Witness in Russia sparks outcry

By Marc Bennetts — February 8, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old carpenter who has lived in Russia for more than two decades, was sentenced on Wednesday.

Putin assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

By The Associated Press — January 31, 2019
(AP) — Putin said the push for the new church was rooted in “the struggle for power” and provoked “animosity and intolerance.”

Putin disavows crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses, giving hope to detained

By Marc Bennetts — January 9, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — After the arrests of dozens of members of the group, the Russian president's comments seem to challenge a 2017 ruling by the country's Supreme Court marking the church as a terrorist organization.

Official recognition for Ukrainian church roils Orthodox world

By Nikolia Apostolou — January 2, 2019
ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew's decision to recognize an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has led to fears of a schism among Orthodox Christians.

Why Putin is an ally for American evangelicals

By Melani McAlister — September 4, 2018
(The Conversation) — In the 21st century, evangelical conservatives aren’t promoting their agenda by smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain, but by harnessing Putin’s reputation as a leader in the resurgent global Right.

Anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot headlines UK Christian music festival

By Rosie Dawson — August 29, 2018
LONDON (RNS) — At Greenbelt, Britain's foremost Christian rock gathering, the Russian punk band's leader, Maria Alyokhina, claimed the band should be understood as a 'Christian gesture.'
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