NEWS ALERT: Uzbekistan Christians Face More Danger After Death of Karimov; New Leader Appointed

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife karimovTASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Over 210,000 Christians in Uzbekistan face more danger and uncertainty after Uzbekistan's parliament appointed Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev as interim president following the death of strongman leader Islam Karimov, missionaries told BosNewsLife.

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.

Uzbekistan Prosecuting Pastor, Son For “Unregistered Activity”

By BosNewsLife News Center uzbekistanpresident TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Supporters of a pastor in Uzbekistan have urged prayers amid concerns the devoted church leader and his son will face heavy fines for unregistered religious activity.

Uzbekistan Bans Mourning Christians From State Cemeteries

By BosNewsLife News Center uzbekistanpresident TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Mourning Christians in several parts of Uzbekistan are wondering where they can bury their loved ones after authorities refused to allow funerals in state-owned cemeteries amid pressure from Muslim leaders, rights investigators say.

Group: ‘Uzbekistan Fines Christians For Praying At Home’

By BosNewsLife News Center uzbekistan-mapTASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Two Christian families in Uzbekistan faced uncertain future Wednesday, May 14, after receiving massive fines for meeting in a private home to read the Bible and pray together, church members and rights investigators said. Alisher Abdullayev and Veniamin Nemirov were fined along with another member of their home church in October 2012 for unregistered religious activity and teaching religion "illegally".

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.

Kazakhstan Destroys Bibles, Uzbekistan Attacks Convert

By BosNewsLife News Center reukazakhstanpresident_ASTANA/TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the destruction of 121 pieces of Christian literature, including Bibles, while in neighboring Uzbekistan an elderly convert from Islam is in "great distress" after police raided his home, Christians said Thursday, March 21.

Uzbekistan Police Raid Protestant Holiday Group, Church

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos uzbekistanpresident BUDAPEST/TASHKENT (BosNewsLife)-- Police in Uzbekistan have raided a group of about 80 Protestant Christians who were on on a holiday together to learn more about their Christian faith, after an earlier crackdown on an evangelical church, religious rights activists said Monday, December 17

BosNewsLife Week In Review: Christians Battle Nazism, Starvation, Deadly Attacks (Dec.2-8)

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in Hungary and the Middle East stood up against Nazism or Islamic extremism this week, while others worshiped Christ behind bars, between bomb explosions and in bitter cold conditions.

BREAKING NEWS: Detained Uzbek Pastor Freed, Flown To Safety

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest ALMATY/FRANKFURT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Protestant pastor who faced deportation from Kazakhstan to his native Uzbekistan and up to 15 years imprisonment for leading an unregistered house church has been flown to safety, his supporters confirmed late Wednesday, December 5.

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