Kazakhstan’s repressive government seeks to control all areas of life. Religious freedom has been further restricted by recent legislation, while the government is using the threat of militant Islam as a pretext to clamp down. Converts to Christianity from a Muslim background come under the most pressure – from the government, family, friends and wider community. Churches that are active in evangelism are subjected to raids, threats, arrests and fines – especially if the church has not been registered.

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Kazakh arrested for praying

A pastor in Kazakhstan has been told he must spend two months in detention awaiting sentencing for charges including praying and singing. (Forum 18) Related Articles:Kazakhstan church raids a ‘backward step’Azerbaijan registers Bible Society after 20 years, but will…Central Asian Christians feel repercussions of…UPDATE: Turkey jails US pastor on ‘terrorism’…Blasphemy […]

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90 days to freedom

90 days to freedom

For 90 days last autumn, Makset Djabbarbergenov lived in a Kazakh prison cell, under threat of deportation to his native Uzbekistan to face almost-certain years of harsh jail time. His alleged crime: Leading small Christian communities in house churches without official registration. By 2007, this had made “Pastor Makset” a […]

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