Russia: seven churches burned in one year in Tatarstan

by Nina Achmatova
Political and spiritual leaders concerned about rising fundamentalism in the Russian autonomous republic with a Muslim majority. Spiritual leaders invite people not to give in to provocations. Local priest: ” The Wahhabis are the culprits.”

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Churches burned, attacks foiled and increased pressure on Christians to convert to Islam. In Tatarstan – autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, with a Muslim majority – the extremism alarm is increasing. So much so that the President Rustam Minnikhanov has expressed concern and promised to personally follow the investigations.

As for the fires, and in various parts of the region, the charges  have been formalized as vandalism , and arson,  in violation of freedom of conscience and religion. Investigators insist, however , that they be considered as “acts of terrorism” .

The last year saw Christian seven parishes torched. The last two episodes occurred on 28 and 29 November, as reported by the Regnum.ru  news agency. In 2012 there was a similar case. The attorney general pointed the finger at “unidentified extremists” and the culprits risk up to 20 years in prison .

TATARSTAN- a few hundred miles east of Moscow. Capital Kazan is rich in minerals and farmland.Russia’s largest Muslim minority 5.5 million. Most muslim in name.Possibly 100 churches, mostly Russian speaking.Persecuted by muslims, orthodox and government.NT 2001, Bible nearing completion.

There are Tatar believers and a small Reformed fellowship in Kazan. 

Tatars (Joshua Project)

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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