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Russian region tries to tax church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.09.28 UPI: Russian region tries to tax church Sep 28, 2005, 3:15 GMT MOSCOW, Russia (UPI) -- Russia`s Kurgan region has decided to tax religious
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      2005.09.28 UPI:

      Russian region tries to tax church

      Sep 28, 2005, 3:15 GMT

      MOSCOW, Russia (UPI) -- Russia`s Kurgan region has decided to tax
      religious organizations as if they were businesses, and weddings and
      funerals as business services.

      Vedomosti, a business daily, reported Tuesday that the change has
      angered the Orthodox Church and annoyed the Russian government.

      'Church donations are devoted to God, they cannot be considered a
      trade or service,' a bishop said.

      The Finance Ministry appears to agree.

      'If the clerics address us for explanations, we will confirm that
      Kurgan`s parliamentarians have interpreted the law a little too
      freely,' Tax Department Deputy Aleksander Ivaneyev told Vedomosti.

      Kurgan is in southern Siberia bordering on Kazakhstan.

      Copyright 2005 by United Press International
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