Tajikistan Detains Christians For Evangelism Amid Wider Crackdown

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Concerns remained Friday, August 24, about the plight of devoted Christians in Tajikistan amid fresh reports that the country's feared security police detained ten Christians for their involvement in evangelism.

Tajikistan Raiding Church, Fines Pastor

By BosNewsLife News Center


DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Tajikistan have fined a pastor after secret police raided a church service as part of a government-led campaign against Christians and other religious groups in the former Soviet nation, representatives told BosNewsLife.

Religious Freedom Tightening in Former Soviet Republics (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union sparked hopes among Christians for a new era of religious freedom. Sadly, these dreams have been only partially realized. This has been confirmed in the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most severely persecuted for their faith.

Tajikistan Christians Tense After ‘Santa Claus’ Killing


By Linda Hayes, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Tajikistan celebrated Orthodox Christmas Saturday, January 7, amid concerns about Islamic extremism after a crowd killed a young man dressed as "Father Frost", the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus.

Tajikistan Churches Face Closures, Uncertain Future


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

_41182645_rahmonov_ap24-150x150DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in several areas of Tajikistan faced uncertainty Tuesday, January 5, over the future of their churches after the former Soviet republic introduced a new religion law that the United States has criticized as highly restrictive.

Baptist Congregation Appeals Against Closure


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest

ti-lgflag1DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Members of a Baptist congregation in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe have appealed to the City Court against a ban on their activity, which was apparently imposed because they meet in a private home without state registration, BosNewsLife learned Wednesday, December 2.

Tajikistan Churches Facing Closure In New Year


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest

_41182645_rahmonov_ap2DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A major Christian rights group warned Tuesday, December 23, that many churches in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan in 2009, if a new draft law requiring them to re-register under restrictive conditions is adopted by parliament.