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Russia: Current information on the situation of Baptists

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 July 1997
Citation / Document Symbol RUS27254.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Russia: Current information on the situation of Baptists, 1 July 1997, RUS27254.E, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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For current information on the situation of Baptists in Russia, please consult the attachments. For general information on the situation of minority religions in Russia, please consult pages 1094 and 1095 of Country Reports 1996, which is available at Regional Documentation Centres. Additional information on the above-mentioned topic could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


The Daily Telegraph [London]. 20 June 1997. Alan Philps. "Kremlin to Put Clamp on Minority Religions." (NEXIS)

The Florida Times-Union [Jacksonville, Fla.]. 22 June 1997. City Edition. "Religion; Freedom Is Stifled in Russia." (NEXIS)

St.-Louis Post-Dispatch. 20 June 1997. Five Star Lift Edition. Patricia Rice. "Baptists Pray Russia's Yeltsin Will Veto Curb on Evangelizing." (NEXIS)

The Seattle Times. 19 June 1997. Final Edition. Clara Germani. "Freedom of Religion Escapes Churches Throughout Russia." (NEXIS)

The Sun [Baltimore]. 6 July 1997. Final Edition. "Power and Faith; Russian Religion: Orthodox Church Tries to Recoup the Exclusive Status It Had under Czars." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. Yearly.

CSCE Digest [Washington]. Monthly.

DIRB country file on Russia.

DIRB databases.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

Human Rights Watch World Report. Yearly.

News from Helsinki Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Transition [Prague]. Twice monthly.

Uncaptive Minds [Washington]. Quarterly.

On-line search of media sources.

Two oral sources contacted did not provide information on the requested topic.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact other oral sources.

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