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Unregistered Christians targeted in Uzbekistan

2/22/2010 Uzbekistan (MNN) ― Christians in Uzbekistan continue to face persecution.

According to Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada, 28-year-old Tohar Haydarov was arrested last month on drug charges. But Musselman says there’s no truth to the charges. “The drugs were planted on his person and also in his apartment, and now he’s facing a sentence of 10 to 20 years. This intimidation is nothing new in Uzbekistan, and unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to stop any time soon.”

The arrest is just one example of the government abusing its authority to stop the spread of Christianity. Musselman says it actually started with church registration. “The churches go through the process of registering, only to be rejected. The Baptist Council of Churches have just given up on that, and they’re meeting and in some cases refusing to register because they realize it’s just a game.”

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