The Russian Federation Duma approved a new law this week, wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal.
Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing "social disorder". Source: (Global Glimpse)
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