Baptists in Ekibastuz have been fined and told that they “should not meet for worship until they register”. Meetings for worship by Oskemen’s New Life Church remain banned until 19 December after church members, relatives and friends sang religious songs without state permission. Officials would not explain why football fans don’t need permission to publicly sing songs but religious believers do.

On 29 October the Sunday morning meeting for worship of Baptists in Ekibastuz in Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar Region was raided by police. Twenty Church members were between 2 and 13 November fined by police, and told that they “should not meet for worship until they register”. But Baptist Pastor Andrei Asetov commented that Church members are still meeting for worship.

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Source: Forum 18 News Service