Kazakstan Baptist Bible Study Ends in Police Raid Stefan J. Bos, Eastern Europe Correspondent, ASSIST News Service with Keston News Service Baptist Christians in Kazakstan are pressured to no longer express their faith in Christ publicly while their leader is facing possible jail time for refusing to stop bible study meetings in his home, reports said Monday, November 11. The small Baptist community in Atyrau, a municipality near the Caspian Sea in northwestern Kazakstan, has been threatened by police forces and authorities to end their activities, reported the Keston News Service (KNS). Baptist church leader Kormangazy Abdumuratov said the pressure increased when police and officers of the National Security Committee, the former KGB-secret service, "raided" his apartment where eight Baptists were studying the Bible. "They searched every room, asking who owned the religious books and Bibles they found. Then they began to write out an official report on them for holding a church meeting "unlawfully," KNS said, quoting Abdumuratov. Authorities have reportedly also pressured him to end his work as pastor in another Baptist church in the region. The pressure on Baptists in Kazakstan comes amid growing pressure on Christians in the former Soviet Union.