Russian Federation

Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.



Ten of Twelve Central Asian Countries on Christian Persecution Watch List

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

The World Watch List of Christian persecution lists ten of the 12 countries in Central Asia (extras are sometimes included in the bunch). This means that 20% of Central Asia is considered at high risk for persecution. World Watch List said, ““We know of situations in [Central Asia] where there are churches that have to meet discreetly, even going out in the woods sometimes,” says Griffith. “They circulate the word of the services by word of mouth and try not to communicate it electronically or by telephone because they’re watched carefully. That’s basically the reality of how Christians in this particular country have to operate.”

Muslim lawyer in Russia threatens ‘bloodbath’

Friday, May 11th, 2012

 A Muslim lawyer in Russia demands sharia law be practiced in court, saying: "And we will set the rules, the rules that suit us, whether you want it or not."

Pastor in Russian Republic of Dagestan Killed

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Media had spread call to take action against him for his work among Muslims.

Russian Pastor Laid to Rest after He was Killed in Suspected Islamist Attack

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Pastor Artur Suleimanov, a convert from Islam, had received death threats from Muslims. He was killed on July 15 outside his church.

Bishop Killed in Russia’s Dagestan

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Bishop of evangelical church was killed in a Muslim dominated republic of Dagestan.

A Ghostlike Existence for Dagestan’s Protestants

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Church in Russia is prohibited from conducting social projects

Well-known Pastor Beaten to Death in St. Petersburg, Russia

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The pastor was beaten to death by unknown attackers as he was going to visit an elderly church member.

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

"The priest was killed because he was not indifferent to disgusting human behavior and took a principled stand against it in accordance with his calling

Murder of Russian Priest Sign of Religious Tensions in Moscow

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

"Sysoyev was only 35 years old but had already built a reputation as a priest who stood out for his proselytizing work among Russia’s Muslim community -- a relatively new phenomena for the Orthodox Church,"

An Appeal for Joint Orthodox-Protestant Efforts

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Russian Baptists Respond to Orthodox Priest’s Violent Death

Murder of Priest Highlights Missionary Role in Russian Church

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Father Daniil Sysoyev brought several Muslims to Christ and wrote a book Islam. He received death threats from Muslims before he was killed two weeks ago.

Missionary Orthodox Priest Laid to Rest After Being Murdered by Masked Gunman

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The murdered priest was known for bringing Muslims to Christ.

Russia “You have the law, we have orders”

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Two Christians were arrested after their community "sang psalms and spoke about Christ'

Widespread protests at new “Inquisition”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Widespread protests by Russian religious communities and human rights defenders followed the appointment of "anti-cultists" and controversial scholars of Islam to a state body with sweeping powers to investigate religious organisations.

Notorious “anti-cultists” on new “Inquisition”

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The chair is Aleksandr Dvorkin, Russia's most prominent "anti-cult" activist, who has described the faith of charismatic Protestants as "a crude magical-occult system with elements of psychological manipulation".

A new Inquisition?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Russian Bible Society may be first target of new powers given to Russian Justice Ministry.

Council of Religious Experts threatens religious freedom

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Fired from Moscow State University for his discriminatory views on religious minorities, "inquisitor" on non-Orthodox religious groups takes over leadership of the Justice Ministry's Council of Religious Studies Experts.

Government Returning Land to Religious Organizations to Favor Orthodox

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

An ambitious draft law on the transfer of property of religious significance to religious organisations may reignite a process begun in 1993.

Russia: Governor Orders Church Land Grab

Friday, February 27th, 2009

A Russian official ordered the seizure of a Pentecostal church's land by "any" means.

Patriarch Kirill urges to protect rights of Iraqi Christians

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The top leader of Russian Orthodox Church called for respect of freedom of religion of Iraqi Christians.

Pentecostal Church Forced to Meet Outside in Moscow Winter

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

As the temperature in Moscow dips below zero, one of the city's largest Pentecostal churches meets for worship in a marquee on a rough patch of land in an outlying suburb.

Pentecostal Seminary Targeted for Liquidation

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The Church itself has faced obstruction from local officials in attempting to use or reconstruct its building, and the seminary is one of a few religious organisations on the Justice Ministry list which is not defunct or otherwise obsolete.

Why weren’t violent church attackers convicted?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

None of the alleged participants in two violent attacks on a Pentecostal church – by three people in the first attack and eight people in the second attack – has gained either a criminal or administrative record for the attacks.

A Russian Bombshell or a Damp Squid?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Another view on the possible 'liquidation' of 56 religious organizations, including several Western ministries.

“Soon there won’t be a single Baptist church in Lipetsk!”

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Baptists in the town of Lipetsk south-east of Moscow complain that the authorities are using "a bureaucratic way" to restrict their activity.

A Saudi Mosque in Moscow in Exchange for a Russian Church in Mecca?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

“If Muslims consider it correct to have a large and beautiful mosque in Rome, then it is equally correct for Christians to have a church in Riyadh.”

56 major religious organisations to be shut down?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Following the surprise mid-October publication of a list of 56 centralised religious organisations scheduled for liquidation, apparently for not submitting correct accounts, Russia's Justice Ministry has refused to reveal what stage any plans for liquidation are at and precisely why the 56 organisations are on the list.

Two Jesuit priests in Moscow found brutally murdered in apartment

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

It is not clear what the motive was for murdering two Catholic priests, but it is a clear message of opposition to the church.

Religious freedom survey, October 2008

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The gravest current threat to freedom of thought, conscience and belief in Russia comes from the federal government's approach to combating religious extremism.

Unregistered Baptists pressured

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Baptists in different parts of Russia have experienced state harassment in recent months.

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