Christian Convert Faces 10 Years Imprisonment In Kazakhstan


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

KAZAKHSTAN_-_Union_ChurchASTANA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A court in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan has begun hearing the case against a Kazakh Christian convert who could face a long prison term on charges of "inciting religious hatred". Yqylas Qabduaqasov, 54, an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, was brought to the courtroom in the capital Astana Friday, October 9, in handcuffs, reporters said.

NEWS WATCH: Kazakhstan President Re-election Expected Amid Uncertainty


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

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ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev was set to renew his 26-year grip on power in elections on a pledge to offer the multi-ethnic Central Asian state economic and social stability in return for what rights groups call "systematic suppression" of opposition and devoted Christians.

Kazakhstan Court Rules Against Destruction Bibles; Christians Fined


By BosNewsLife News Center

Kazakhstan-president-Nursultan-NazarbayevASTANA/BUDAPEST (BosNewslife)-- An appeals court in autocratically-ruled Kazakhstan has overturned a ruling that 121 pieces of Christian literature, including Bibles, that were seized from a street evangelist be destroyed.