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Religious intolerance & oppression




For seventy years following World War I, the official state religion in Russia was Atheism. The country had one of the most liberal constitution in the world with firm guarantees of human rights and freedoms. Unfortunately for the citizens of the USSR, it was almost never applied in practice.

Many faith groups in the country lost the confidence of their membership during the communist era because so many religious leaders cooperated with, and/or were employed by, the KGB -- the Russian secret police.

The country's predominate religion is the Russian Orthodox Church. The government gives preferential treatment to this group in the belief that it increases social cohesiveness. Unfortunately, this policy has negative effects on minority faith groups.

There is a strong anti-cult movement in Russia that is opposed to "religious extremism" and includes many benign new religious movements within that category.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Overview
bullet 1997 law restricting religion
bullet Excerpts from the law
bullet Government oppression of Jehovah's Witness, Pentecostals & Jesuits
bullet Ban on activity in Moscow, Russia during 2004
bullet The anti-cult movement in Russia

bullet2016: Anti-missionary laws in Russia

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Copyright 1997 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2016-SEP-18
Author: B.A. Robinson

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