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 pastor’s trial begins

The trial against 67-year-old Kazakh pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev has started, eight months after his incarceration for allegedly “harming the health” of a member of his congregation. The pastor has also been accused of inciting hatred, propagating extremism and leading an organisation that harms others. If found guilty, he could face […]

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Pastor placed under house arrest

Kazakh pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev has been told he will be released from prison but only to be placed under house arrest, reports Forum 18. The pastor, who has been detained for almost five months and undertook a hunger strike in protest, is still awaiting trial. He will be confined to […]

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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:‘There will never be peace for Nigeria’s…Persecution Watch countries: Beyond the Top 50Freed Czech charity worker recalls finding hell and…Lives in limbo – Iraqi Christians’ […]

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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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