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More evidence of Christian oppression in Uzbekistan

ICC NOTE: Police disrupted service on February 25, confiscated literature and demanded to know who was funding the church.

3/9/07 Uzbekistan For the full article (MNN) — There’s more evidence Uzbekistan is taking a more hard-line approach to Christians.

The Voice of the Martyrs received photographs of police officers interrogating believers in and around a church in Qarshi (“Karshy”), Uzbekistan . According to VOM sources police burst into the service on February 25, 2007, confiscated literature and demanded to know who was funding the church.

Police also brought video cameras to video tape the worship service. When police started to film, Pastor Sergei Shandyvayev didn’t panic, but simply continued the worship service. After the service finished, the officers shut the doors and began to question the believers gathered there, especially asking why they had become Christians. Pastor Shandyvayev’s church is not registered with the Uzbek government. The Christians expected to be summoned to court for a hearing.