Religious Freedom Tightening in Former Soviet Republics (COLUMN)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist martyr 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.

Turkmenistan Churches Under Fire After Baptist Blaze, Group Says

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with additional reporting by BosNewsLife International Correspondent Joseph DeCaro ASHGABAT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)– Some churches in the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan have "literally come under fire" by authorities after a Baptist church building recently burned to the ground, a mission group said in comments obtained by BosNewsLife Friday, November 23.

Crackdown On Evangelicals In Central Asian States

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos ASTANA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in three Central Asian nations have launched a crackdown on evangelical Protestant churches and several believers are reportedly mistreated, fined and detained, BosNewsLife learned Wednesday, October 24.

Central Asian Republics Harass and Detain Devoted Christians

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest ASHGABAT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in three Central Asian countries are harassed and detained by authorities in ways resembling the Soviet-era, activists and local believers suggested Friday, September 9.

NEWS ALERT: Turkmenistan Sentences Protestant Pastor To 4 Years Imprisonment

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BUDAPEST/ASHGABAT (BosNewsLife)-- A Protestant pastor in Turkmenistan was sentenced to a four-year prison term Thursday, October 21, on what church members said were "fake charges" of swindling to "punish" him for his religious activities.

Turkmenistan Pentecostal Pastor Faces Five Years Imprisonment

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos ASHGABAT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Pentecostal pastor remained in police custody Tuesday, August 31, in Turkmenistan where he faces five years imprisonment and confiscation of properties for "large-scale swindling", charges his wife and church members strongly deny, rights activists said.

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