July 30, 2000 |
The fresh-faced Shestopalov sisters of Tishanka are keeping their lives simple. No makeup or miniskirts, no alcohol or cigarettes, no complications like romance that could lead to the sin of marriage. Olga, 23, Nadezhda, 22, and Tatyana, 17, gaze out on their small world in central Russia, their clear blue eyes blazing with the certainty of youth. They are members of the Fyodorovtsy sect, which believes that Christ returned to Earth early this century as a Russian peasant named Fyodor Rybalkin.
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January 15, 2000 |
KGB files on a Ukrainian rabbi have been turned over to Lubavitchers, a Hasidic Jewish group headquartered in Brooklyn. The files concern Levi Schneerson, who was chief rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, until his arrest in 1939 for counterrevolutionary activities--namely promoting Judaism in the Soviet Union. Schneerson was imprisoned, then exiled to a remote area of Kazakhstan. He was released in 1944 and died a few months later.
February 10, 1999 |
Prosecutors launched a drive Tuesday to outlaw the Jehovah's Witnesses, accusing them of fomenting religious strife at the start of a trial that could have sweeping implications for all faiths in Russia. The case is the most prominent test so far of Russia's new law on religion, which is designed to curb the activities of foreign religious organizations seeking new members in Russia. Prosecutors brought charges under an article seeking to outlaw dangerous cults.
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September 5, 1998 |
Russian President Boris Yeltsin's appearance this week at the opening of a new $10-million synagogue at Moscow's huge war memorial complex was an unqualified triumph for Russia's Jews. The Memorial Synagogue includes Russia's first permanent exhibit acknowledging the Nazi Holocaust. In joining a Russian Orthodox church and mosque at the war memorial park, the new synagogue becomes a clear symbol that Russia's Jews are a religious and political force to be reckoned with.
September 27, 1997 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin swept aside objections from U.S. officials and human rights critics Friday and signed into law a bill to restrict religious practices in Russia. Critics contend that the law in effect overturns Russia's constitutional guarantee that all religions are equal and that it marks the waning of the liberal democratic euphoria that gripped Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union nearly six years ago. Russian Orthodoxy is listed first among "traditional" religions.
September 24, 1997 |
Despite imminent limits on religious freedom in Russia, U.S. church and government leaders said Tuesday that Russian government and church officials are offering assurances that pending legislation will not be strictly enforced. Those assurances, communicated in recent meetings in Geneva and at the Hague--as well as similar promises offered in Moscow to U.S. government officials--have prompted some U.S.