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Russian Church wants easier access to identify persecution victims

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=8162 03 February 2011, 16:48 Russian Orthodox Church wants easier access to archives to identify persecution
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      03 February 2011, 16:48
      Russian Orthodox Church wants easier access to archives to identify
      persecution victims

      Moscow, February 3, Interfax - The Bishops Council of the Moscow
      Patriarchate has asked for easier access to state archives for
      identifying all people oppressed by the Bolsheviks for their beliefs.

      "The Church calls on statesmen and public figures to support its
      study and commemoration of repression victims. In particular, the
      Church appeals to the heads of institutions controlling archive
      documents for assisting the soonest identification of everyone who
      suffered in the years of persecution," the Council said.

      "It is necessary to continue the dialog with the state on possible
      legislative and administrative measures in the provision of access of
      Church representatives to the archives with respect for the lawful
      demand for secrecy of private life," the Council said.
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