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(ANS) — A Russian Christian pastor is calling on all people of goodwill “to do all things possible to keep the freedom of beliefs in Russia and not allow the destroying of the Protestant Churches in Russia .” The Rev Igor ‘Nikki’ Nikitin, President, Chairman of Senior Bishops Council, Association of Christian Churches in Russia (“Union of Christians”) says that “During the last two months Protestant Churches in Russia experienced the hardest pressure of the last ten years! The disruption of services at Churches, arrests of pastors and bishops, burning of church buildings, churches put to the ground, wide mass media campaigns against the Christian Churches are just a few to mention.” Nikitin says the Orthodox Church has initiated special conferences, such as the conference that took place in Saratov on May 10-11, 2005 called “Neo-Pentecostal Sects in Russia : threat of the religious extremism.” “Just after that the media all over the country published articles with headlines such as ‘Watch out! Sects!’ ‘We need defense from the sectarians,’ ‘Sectarians get active!’ ‘Orthodox and Lutheran Churches declared about harm of the Neo-Pentecostals,’ etc. ”

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