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  • 31 May 2019, 15:50 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    As of April, 57 Muslims arrested in Crimea

    In April, the total number of people deprived of liberty in the case of Crimean Muslims was 57 people. The Monitoring overview of the human rights situation in Crimea in April of the Crimean Human Rights Group (KPG) has reported this, according to UNN.

  • 14 May 2019, 13:28 | Freedom of Conscience | view video | 

    Russia responsible for oppression of religious freedom in occupied Crimea and Donbass, states Resolution

    The complete de-occupation of the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbass will stop the brutal persecution of believers from different confessions inspired by Russian occupation authorities, and restore religious freedom. The participants of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine stated it in the Resolution released on May 14, 2019 in the press center of the UMCM in Kyiv, the Institute for Religious Freedom reports.

  • 3 May 2019, 11:53 | International relations | 

    Ukraine urges OSCE SMM to investigate seizure of OCU church in occupied area of Donetsk region

    Ukraine urges the OSCE SMM to check reports that the Russian occupation administration has confiscated the church and church property of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in the village of Kuznetsovo-Mykhailivka.

  • 18 April 2019, 12:12 | Monitoring

    Jehovah's Witnesses Detained, Targeted By Authorities In Crimea

    Russian-installed authorities in Crimea have detained several members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the latest sign of a widening crackdown on the religious group.

  • 15 April 2019, 15:35 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Russian law enforecement in Crimea search mosque, house of imam

    Russian security forces conducted a search on April 15 in a mosque in the village of Shturmove in the city of Sevastopol. After "investigative measures” they went to the house of the imam of the mosque, Rustem Abilev. Russian mass media are working on site. This is reported by Crimean Solidarity, according to KTRC.

  • 12 April 2019, 22:05 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Orthodox cathedral, more Protestant churches raided

    Officials of the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic raided at least two Protestant Sunday worship meetings on 24 March. Courts chose not to punish two pastors. On 4 April, anti-"extremism" police raided the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Luhansk, diocesan offices and the homes of two priests. A police officer refused to say if further measures against the priests are planned.

  • 3 April 2019, 14:36 | Monitoring

    Protestant pastor arrested for ‘illegal worship’ in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

    A Protestant pastor from Sverdlovsk has become the latest religious figure to be arrested in the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]. Although Mykola [Nikolai] Muratov and several other people were released after being interrogated and held for many hours, they were forced to sign undertakings not to leave the area, and were clearly facing ‘prosecution’ for supposedly ‘illegal’ worship.

  • 29 March 2019, 09:59 | Temples, church property | 

    A building for FSB officers to be built in Simferopol on OCU cathedral allocated plot

    No church of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will remain in Simferopol, in the occupied Crimea. Instead of the church, the occupiers started building on the plot housing units for Russian FSB employees. A cathedral may further be built nearby, but the one of the Russsian Orthodox Church, according to Fakty.

  • 28 March 2019, 10:53 | Religious intolerance and vandalism | 

    Occupiers seize only church belonging to OCU in Simferopol

    On March 27, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea suffered a new encroachment on freedom of religion by the occupation authorities. Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) of Nizhyn and Chernihiv wrote this on his Facebook page, according to Priamyy.

  • 25 January 2019, 12:20 | Monitoring

    CRIMEA: Four years in jail for mosque meetings

    Crimea's Supreme Court jailed 49-year-old Muslim Renat Suleimanov for four years for meeting with others in mosques to discuss their faith. Three others were given suspended sentences. All were accused of membership of the Tabligh Jamaat missionary movement, banned in Russia. All denied any "extremism".

  • 11 January 2019, 20:12 | Monitoring

    Donetsk pastor speaks out about Ukrainian Donbas’ struggle against Russian aggression

    Ukrainians from Donbas, many of whom have paid a huge price for their courage and commitment to Ukraine, are tired of stereotypes about Donbas residents being ‘pro-Russian’ and claims that they brought the events of the last five years upon themselves. It was to set the record straight that Sergey Kosyak, a Ukrainian pastor, volunteer and one of the coordinators of the Donetsk Prayer Marathon, decided to publish an important book chronicling resistance to Russia’s aggression.

  • 9 January 2019, 11:45 | Church-state relations | 

    Occupiers liquidate Baptist religious organization in Sevastopol

    Sevastopol City Court upheld the claim by the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the local religious organization Grace, The Church of Evangelical Christians-Baptists and eliminate the data from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Interfax has reported.

  • 20 December 2018, 10:42 | Adventists | 

    Adventists of Ukraine positively assess establishment of OCU and call for strict observance of religious freedom

    “The Seventh-day Adventist Church, a worldwide Christian Church, which brings together more than 20 million people in nearly all countries of the world, takes a positive stance towards all the movements and activities that have served the unification of people, the search for ways of peaceful coexistence and understanding” – this is how the Adventists responded to the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 3 December 2018, 10:21 | Monitoring

    CRIMEA: Up to 10 years' jail for Muslims, Jehovah's Witness?

    In "extremism" criminal cases opened by Russia's FSB in occupied Crimea, four Muslims face imminent trial, while Jehovah's Witness Sergei Filatov is under investigation. They face up to 10 years' jail. The Muslims "simply gathered in the local mosque to discuss religious questions", a lawyer stated. "We simply ask the authorities to respect our rights to meet together and read the Bible," Filatov told Forum 18.

  • 27 November 2018, 11:04 | Church-state relations | 

    Implications of martial law in Ukraine for freedom of religion explained by Freedom of Religion Institute

    The constitutional right to freedom of thought and religion, as provided for in Article 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine, cannot be limited due to the martial law imposed. This is stated in the Ukrainian President’s Decree No. 393 of the Military Status in Ukraine", which was approved by the Parliament on the same day by adopting Law No. 9338, the Institute of Religious Freedom reports.

  • 19 November 2018, 07:53 | Monitoring

    Churches in Eastern Ukraine become illegal after re-registrations denied

    There have been repeated raids on churches by the [so-called] Luhansk People's Republic. Authorities announced the ban of the “destructive activity of the extremist Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Churches”.

  • 18 November 2018, 12:46 | Church-state relations | 

    Jehovah's Witnesses searched in Crimea, some detained

    In the annexed Dzhankoi, Russian FSB officers have raided and detained at several addresses possible members of Jehovah's Witnesses. This organization is banned in Russia, and is de facto banned in the annexed Crimea.

  • 6 November 2018, 17:21 | Monitoring

    Russia uses Kerch mass killing for hate campaign against Jehovah’s Witnesses

    There seems no end to the uses that Russian state propaganda will make of the tragic mass killing in occupied Kerch on October 17. After falsely claiming that the suspected killer “looked like a Tatar”, Russian or Russian-controlled media continued to claim some kind of ‘Ukrainian link’ and even connect the massacre to ‘Right Sector’, the Ukrainian nationalist organization which Russia has demonized since early 2014. The latest target for what is essentially a hate campaign has become the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although here too any link is pure speculation.

  • 29 October 2018, 07:58 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Re-registration denials, raids, religious communities closed

    No Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist or Pentecostal communities gained the compulsory re-registration the self-declared Luhansk People's Republic demanded by 15 October. Adventists received registration denial "with great pain" and reluctantly halted all their activities, trying to avoid church property seizure. Catholics are still awaiting an answer.

  • 26 October 2018, 13:21 | Freedom of Conscience | view video | 

    First Deputy Head of All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists: International community must see persecutions of believers in occupied territories

    The international community must get to know that the situation with human rights in terms of freedom of religion in the occupied territories in Eastern Ukraine should not be ignored. Believers are suffering, the churches are being persecuted, and the international community must urge the Russian authorities and Russia's governing occupational administrations to stop these persecutions and to restore freedom of religion in Donbas.