Uzbekistan Seizing 15,000 Bibles; Christian Fined

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By BosNewsLife News Center TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Uzbekistan on Monday, February 28, still refused to release some 15,000 Bibles that were seized earlier by customs authorities and the Bible Society of Uzbekistan said one of its staff members was fined for "violating procedures."

BREAKING NEWS: Detained Uzbek Pastor Freed, Flown To Safety

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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.

North Korea, Iran World’s “Top Persecutors” Of Christians, Report Says

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By BosNewsLife News Center with BosNewsLife's Senior Special Correspondent Johan Th. Bos reporting from the Netherlands korea_north_kimjongilAMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON D.C. (BosNewsLife)-- One of the world's largest mission agencies, Open Doors, named North Korea and Iran Wednesday, November 6, as "the worst persecutors of Christians".

Central Asian Republics Harass and Detain Devoted Christians

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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.

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan Sentences Pastors For Evangelism, Literature Distribution

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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 Threatens To Extradite Detained Uzbek Pastor

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BUDAPEST/ASTANA (BosNewsLife)– Kazakhstan has threatened to extradite a detained Protestant house church pastor to his native Uzbekistan where he faces up to 15 years imprisonment for "illegal" religious teaching and Christian literature distribution, BosNewsLife monitored Saturday, November 24.

Religious Freedom Tightening in Former Soviet Republics (COLUMN)

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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.

Worldwide Christians Pray For “Persecuted Church”

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Millions of Christians around the world were expected Sunday, November 13, to participate in the 'International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church' (IDOP), amid mounting concerns over a global crackdown on devoted believers.  

Uzbekistan Prosecuting Pastor, Son For “Unregistered Activity”

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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.

Group: ‘Uzbekistan Fines Christians For Praying At Home’

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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".