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    http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/0405e.html#33 Russian government trying to revive soviet religious conditions RPTsMP OPPOSES ABOLITION OF 15-YEAR
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      Russian government trying to revive soviet religious conditions
      RPTsMP OPPOSES ABOLITION OF 15-YEAR "PROBATIONARY PERIOD" FOR RELIGIOUS
      ORGANIZATIONS
      Portal-credo.ru, 28 May 2004

      The Russian Orthodox church considers it inappropriate to abolish the
      obligatory fifteen-year period of activity in Russia for a religious
      organization to get registration. "Rejection of it is completely
      unjustified," said Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill to a
      parliamentary hearing in the State Duma on 27 May, ITAR-TASS agency
      reports. The suggestion to abolish the obligatory fifteen-year period was
      proposed by a working group for the Commission on Question of Religious
      Associations of the government of the Russian federation.

      Metropolitan Kirill thinks that existing legislation does not infringe upon
      religious activity, with the exception of the right to gain the status of a
      legal entity. And that tax privileges and access to the army and television
      and much else could become an important lever for influence in society.

      Adoption of the amendment to existing law proposed by the working group,
      according to Metr. Kirill, could "energize new religious movements and
      groups, destabilize the interconfessional balance, and promote new tensions
      within society and the country." In his opinion, existing legislation "does
      not restrict religious activity in any way."

      Religious organizations that have not received registration in the Russian
      Ministry of Justice have the right to conduct worship services, engage in
      charitable activity, and the like.

      On the other hand, the Russian Orthodox church opposes removing tax
      privileges for religious organizations, a correspondent for the Newsru.com
      agency specified. In the metropolitan's opinion, the authors of such
      amendments to the Tax and Land codes "are going along the very channel of
      politics that destroyed the religious life of the country" in the soviet
      period. The metropolitan explained that "taxation leads to a narrowing of
      the sphere of activity of religious organizations and seriously impedes
      social service," which constitutes an important part of their work.

      Metropolitan Kirill also called the government not to oppose the
      introduction into the curriculum of secondary schools the fundamentals of
      the culture of traditional religious organizations. "We are talking about a
      culturological subject," the metropolitan explained, noting that "the
      nation should not be deprived of the right of studying its culture." (tr.
      by PDS, posted 28 May 2004)
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