Russia violates religious freedom in occupied areas of Ukraine

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The United States criticized the Kremlin’s persecution of religious minorities both in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied areas of Donbas and in Crimea.

This is stated in the latest report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

“Russian legislation targets “extremism” without adequately defining the term, enabling the state to prosecute a vast range of nonviolent, nonpolitical religious activity,” the documents says.

In this regard, the report mentioned cases of persecution of representatives of the St. Petersburg Church of Scientology, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat, readers of the works of Turkish theologian Said Nursi and others.

Special attention was paid to the persecution of religious minorities on the Crimean peninsula, as well as in the occupied areas of Donbas.

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