Russia and Former Soviet Union: Religious Freedom

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they last discussed issues of religious freedom with the government of Russia; and whether they will ask for extensions of the time-limits for registering local religious groups.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Senior FCO officials raised UK concerns over religious freedom at the UK/Russia human rights talks in Moscow on 5-6 March 2001.

An EU demarche to the Russian authorities in December 2000 addressed the specific issue of registration of religious groups. The deadline for re-registration of religious groups was then postponed until 31 January 2001. The Russians have said that most religious organisations have now re-registered. We will continue to monitor the situation and will raise our concerns with the Russian authorities again if this proves necessary.

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