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Kazakstan Baptist Bible Study Ends in Police Raid

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by HeDied4U, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. HeDied4U

    HeDied4U Active Member
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    May 6, 2001
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    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.
  2. Squire Robertsson

    Squire Robertsson Administrator

    Jul 4, 2000
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