How Churches are Faring in Crimea

Church leaders were worried about the Russian annexation of Crimea before it happened, so this week I wrote about what has happened since then.

Crimean church leaders: Pro-Russian officials are trying to ‘liquidate’ us

The Russian annexation of Crimea in March has restricted religious freedom for Christians, Jews, and Muslims on the peninsula, according to persecution watchdogs.

“The Russian government appears to see all religious organizations outside of the Russian Orthodox Church as potentially anti-Russian and therefore potentially subversive,” said Isaac Six, advocacy director for International Christian Concern (ICC). “Similar to conditions under the Soviet Union, unless the church is willing to answer to Moscow, it is repressed.”

You can read the rest of the story at

More persecution news:

World Watch Monitor: Chibok, 3 Months Later: Little Progress Finding Kidnapped Girls

Chinaaid via ICC: An update on church demolitions. More than 160 affected

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