Russia and Former Soviet Union: Religious Freedom

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

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are discussing with the Russian Federation problems surrounding the registration of the Salvation Army as a religious group in Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd and Rostov on Don (given successful registration in five other cities).

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

The Salvation Army has re-registered in St Petersburg, Rostov on Don and Volgograd (as well as Petrosavodsk and Vyborg). We are closely monitoring the situation in Moscow, and have raised our concerns with the Russian Government. The Salvation Army was registered at a federal level on 20 February 2001 and we hope this will enable the difficulties in Moscow to be resolved. We will continue to watch the situation closely.

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