MINELRES: SOVA News on Religion in Russia: In search of compromise

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Tue May 1 09:43:04 2007

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Alexander Verkhovsky, Olga Sibireva. Problems Relating to Freedom of
Conscience in Russia in 2006 -

The report is based on the findings of SOVA Centerís monitoring. This
information is presented in its entirety in Religion in a Secular
Society section (http://religion.sova-center.ru), including references
to media and Web resources. We only give references here which are not
indicated in the section above.

Rather than address each and every issue relevant to the activity of
religious associations, this paper focuses on issues involved in
exercising one's freedom of conscience. Freedom of conscience must be
protected by government, so we focus on government practices; however,
some problems may be caused by non-state actors. We also understand that
the exercise of oneís freedom of conscience, just as any other right or
liberty, may result in various conflicts. Some of such conflict
situations will be described in the paper.

Russia has not yet developed a tradition of reporting on the freedom of
conscience; SOVA Center also undertakes this work for the fist time, and
we do not claim to be providing exhaustive coverage or unquestionable
accuracy of interpretations. We will appreciate any criticism,
additions, or corrections.

SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, Moscow 

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