Mormon Church Having Difficulties Registering With Government

July 18, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

On July 18, 2003, posted a Cybercast News Service story , which reported, "While Russian Orthodox, Muslim and most other denominations practice in Tatarstan with relative ease, the Mormon Church is still having problems registering with the government in Tatarstan and is challenging the government's refusal...A U.S. State Department human rights report released March 31 noted that Mormons had successfully registered in 38 places around Russia, but the church has had problems in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, and a few others cities in the Russian Federation. The Mormon Church has filed suit challenging what the State Department calls the 'repeated refusals of the authorities to register the church.'"