KAZAKHSTAN: Three Pastors Sentenced
  • 28 November 2019

Three self-exiled pastors have been sentenced to terms up to five years for leading the New Life Pentecostal Church in the city of Almaty. The sentences were announced on 1 November, when the court rejected their latest appeal. The founding pastor, Maxim Maximov, faces five years in prison, while his wife Larisa, and ministry colleague […]

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KAZAKHSTAN: New Restrictions on Religious Freedom
  • 14 December 2017

Kazakhstan is on the verge of passing legislation, which proposes changes to the 2011 Religion Law, Administrative Code, and many other laws. According to reports, the draft Amending Law, which is currently before Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, imposes new restrictions on the freedom of religion or belief, including the compulsory re-registration of all registered non-Muslim and non-Russian […]

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KAZAKHSTAN: Yuri Pak Released from Prison
  • 22 June 2017

Yuri Pak was released from prison Saturday 17 June. Yuri a teacher, dean of a high school and a local church leader was sentenced to two years in prison, after being convicted of making a false emergency-services call. In April 2015, someone used Yuri’s mobile phone to make a prank phone call to Kazakhstan’s emergency […]

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The Prison Pastor
  • 20 June 2017

Imprisoned as a threat to the state, Pastor Kashkumbaev had every reason to feel discouraged. But a pointed question from a Christian brother changed his perspective, leading to a powerful work of God in a Kazakhstani prison. “You will serve 10 years of hard time,” the investigator said solemnly. The elderly pastor would be almost […]

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KAZAKHSTAN: Fined for Easter Worship
  • 26 April 2017

Police raided at least two Baptist meetings for worship on Easter Sunday, in the central city of Temirtau and the southern city of Taraz. Officers issued four summary fines totalling about nine months’ average wages with no court hearings. Such fines for meeting for worship are increasing, Baptists complained to Forum 18. In a separate […]

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