Keston News Service Summary: Moldova/Transdniester & Turkmenistan


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Keston News Service Summary: Moldova/Transdniester & Turkmenistan


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KESTON NEWS SERVICE SUMMARY
Summaries of recent reporting on violations of religious liberty and
on religion in communist and post-communist lands.
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MOLDOVA/TRANSDNIESTER: CHRISTMAS DEMOLITION 
THREAT FOR BAPTIST CHURCH NOT YET CARRIED OUT (27 Dec). Pastor Vasili
Timoshchuk, pastor of the Tiraspol Baptist Church, told Keston News
Service today (27 Dec) that the authorities have not yet carried out
their threat to demolish the church by 25 December. A fortnight ago
the church sent an appeal to the government, and has so far received
no reply.

TURKMENISTAN: CHRISTMAS EVICTION OF ADVENTIST 
FROM HER FLAT (27 Dec). Marina Ismakayeva, a Seventh Day Adventist,
has been evicted from her falt and made homeless, Keston News Service
has learned. The eviction order was issued by the Turkmenabad city
court on 21 December on the grounds that an unregistered community of
Adventists had been meeting in Ismakayeva's flat. (Full text of
article below)

TURKMENISTAN: CHRISTMAS EVICTION OF ADVENTIST FROM HER FLAT.

by Igor Rotar, Keston News Service

Marina Ismakayeva, a Seventh Day Adventist, has been ordered to leave
her flat in the Turkmen city of Turmenabad (formerly Charjou), and no
alternative accommodation has been offered her, Keston News Service
has learned. The eviction order was issued by the Turkmenabad city
court on 21 December on the grounds that an unregistered community of
Adventists had been meeting in Ismakayeva's flat.

Part of the order reads as follows: "In October 2000 M.K. Ismakayeva
held meetings in her flat for the Adventist community, which is not
registered with the state authorities. In November 2001 she was
detained in her flat for holding meetings of the above-mentioned
organisation. Despite being given numerous warnings by the local
inspectorate, the housing block committee and other organisations, she
continued to hold meetings involving members of the organisation. M.K.
Ismakayeva uses her flat for inappropriate purposes and disturbs the
other inhabitants of the housing block. Evidence for this is provided
by members of the housing directorate T. Yagmuradov, S Yeldashev, Z.
Karajayeva, the housing block committee and other material. M.K.
Ismakayeva has illegally organised a religious community and has not
registered it in the proper way with the state authorities. She has
infringed the regulations on holding meetings, and has illegally drawn
people into a religious society by organising a group, thereby
breaking Article 2-5 of the code of administrative infringements.
Citizen M.K. Ismakayeva is to be evicted from her flat (ul. Izmir
22/5); no alternative flat is offered to her."

Recently there has been a significant increase in repressive measures
against Protestants by the Turkmen authorities. On 21 December Keston
reported that Mariya Zadorozhnaya, an elderly, blind Baptist, has been
threatened with eviction from her flat in the town of Khazar (formerly
Cheleken) on the Caspian Sea after hosting a Baptist service raided by
the secret police the previous Sunday (16 December). The raid on the
Khazar Baptist church came a month after a raid in the capital
Ashgabad on a meeting of the Word of Life Protestant Church, which
resulted in massive fines for some 40 people, the expulsion of three
foreign citizens to Russia and two week imprisonment for several
participants (see KNS 5 December 2001), and a raid on an Adventist
meeting in the town of Turkmenabad, during which six people were
briefly detained and religious publications confiscated (see KNS 7
December 2001). The hosts of both these meetings were threatened with
the loss of their flats, though this has not yet happened. (END)

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