BREAKING NEWS: Pro-Russian Forces Kidnap Priest In Crimea; Tensions Rising

By Stefan J, Bos Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRIESTNOWKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- A Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest was kidnapped Saturday, March 15, by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, adding to concerns the tensions may turn into a religious and ethnic conflict, church sources said.

NEWS WATCH: Lithuania Condemns Russia’s Border Measures

Listen to BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife News Center LithuaniaVILNIUS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- EU member state Lithuania has made a formal protest to Russia over supplementary border checks amid growing tensions between Moscow and neighboring states that seek closer ties with the European Union.

Russia Closing Evangelical Church; Targets Groups

By BosNewsLife News Center putinnMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Evangelical Churches and Christian groups in Russia that are involved educational, social and charitable work are facing harassment from authorities resembling the Soviet-era, rights activists say. One church was reportedly liquidated over alleged illegal "non-religious educational activity", in the heavily Orthodox, post-Communist nation.

NEWS WATCH: Russia’s Putin “Welcomes” Ukraine-EU Ties Amid Mediation Efforts

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3  Anti-government protest in Ukraine By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would welcome closer economic ties between the European Union and Ukraine, in what appears a departure from his previous stance.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Transfers Christmas Billions To Ukraine Amid Concerns

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife russiaukrainenow KYIV/MOSCOW (BosNewsLife)-- Russia has begun transferring billions of dollars to Ukraine as part of a controversial economic deal that critics say is aimed at re-establishing the Soviet Union, and amid concerns over the mistreatment of pro-EU activists.

NEWS ALERT: Christians Concerned AS Ukraine’s Pro-Russian Rebels Reject Ceasefire

By Stefan J. Bos. Chief International Correspondent seperatistsKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Non-Russian Orthodox Christians in eastern Ukraine fear for their after pro-Russian separatists in the east rejected a presidential peace offer.

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia (Feature)

By Peter Fedynsky, reporting from Moscow ap_OrthodoxPriest_DaniilSysoyev_funeral_Moscow_23Dec09MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife)-- The second murder of a Russian priest in as many months has prompted a call by the Orthodox Church for Russians to think about their country's spiritual and moral condition.

EU Ambassadors Discuss Belarus Threats To Close Megachurch

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife newlife1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- European ambassadors to Belarus have met with the leader of New Life Church in the capital Minsk to discuss “threats” from authorities to "destroy" one of the country's largest evangelical churches by confiscating its building, a former cowshed, church officials said in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife Thursday, August 27.

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan Sentences Pastors For Evangelism, Literature Distribution

By BosNewsLife News Center uzbekistan-mapASTANA/TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Evangelical Christians in Central Asia remained concerned Tuesday, June 4, about the plight of Pastor Sharofat Allamova who was sentenced to 1.5 years "corrective labor" in Uzbekistan for distributing Christian literature while in neighboring Kazakhstan a pastor was detained after distributing red tea during communion, activists and missionaries said.

NEWS WATCH: Opposition Doubts Moscow Mayor’s Outright Victory

Listen to this BosNewsLife report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife navalnyMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Tensions are rising in Moscow after an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed a narrow victory in Sunday's mayoral race, while a leading opposition candidate demanded a second election round for the Russian capital's top job.

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