Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for September 22nd, 2011

Kazakh Parliament Passes Controversial New Religion Law

Posted by Info on 22/09/2011

Kazakhstan’s parliament has voted in favor of a controversial law to limit foreign religious missionaries operating in the country.

The new law would require missionaries to register once a year with the government agency overseeing religious activity. It also says missionaries who threaten the “constitutional order” and “public peace” will be expelled. The measure also would ban prayer rooms in all state institutions.
Human rights groups are criticizing the new law, saying it will limit religious freedom, especially for Christians. Seventy percent of Kazakhstan’s population is Muslim.
Supporters join Mr. Nazarbayev in calling the law an important step in meeting a growth of radical Islam in an impoverished region of Kazakhstan that is bordered by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — all of which have radical Islamic groups.

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Book “The New Nobility” About FSB And Todays Pressure At Publisher

Posted by Info on 22/09/2011

“The New Nobility” was first published in the United States in English last September. The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB,” by journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, was published in Russian in July. Soldatov said the FSB only started paying attention to it after it was published in Russian and “people started buying it up and actively discussing it.”
Most of 5,000 copies of the Russian book have been sold out at Moscow bookstores and several major regional bookstore chains, and a second printing was planned.

The FSB contacted German Kravchenko, director of the Chekhov printing house, which printed the book,
last Wednesday with a written request for “data on the people who ordered the book printed,” according to a scanned copy of the letter. Many Russian publishers had refused to publish the book.

The 250-page book, based on 10 years of articles that Soldatov and Borogan have published in different outlets, including and the opposition biweekly Novaya Gazeta, analyzes the work of the Federal Security Service and its predecessor, the KGB, over the last 20 years.

The book tells how the FSB plants moles in political opposition groups; how its officers “sell themselves” prestigious land plots on Rublyovskoye Shosse for peanuts; how the FSB fails to fight terrorism effectively; how its officers always continue working for the FSB, even when they have another official job; and how FSB officers have come to occupy key positions in the government and in business, the online magazine reported Wednesday.

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