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(ANS) – Rev. Igor ‘Nikki’ Nikitin, president of the Association of Christian Churches in Russia (ACCR), has expressed concern regarding the actions of Pervomaysky regional police office (ROVD) in Izhevsk city in Ydmurtia, Russia. “Their activity was directed to insult religious feelings of evangelical believers,” Nikitin said in a statement released to ASSIST New Service (ANS). Nikiti said that on April 14 at 8 p.m. during a Christian service and prayer meeting the police solders and OMON broke into the building of the “Work of Faith” Church, which is located at Yastrebovskogo Street 14. “All the believers — men, women, and priests — were ordered to get out to the street and, using some threats, the police made them to stay with face toward the fence and walls with hands up. People had to be in this position for about a half of an hour, in spite of the cold weather. Every single person was examined personally including the women who were examined by the police – males — and it was very insulting. “At the same time there was a search conducted in many other rooms of the facility. There were bad language, threats and insults from the police directed toward the women as well. Most often words used by them were: ‘sect and sectarians.’” Nikitin said 46 people were arrested and each of them went through the procedure of interrogation.

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