Authorized the Russian foreign Ministry criticized the report of the U.S. state Department on freedom of religion


MOSCOW, October 16. Another U.S. state Department report on religious freedom in the world “is rife with flaws,” said Commissioner of the Russian foreign Ministry on issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov.

Assessment of the situation in Russia, particularly in Crimea, sad tradition of politicized, biased and far-fetched.

— Konstantin Dolgov (@KKdolgov) October 16, 2015

According to him, “the situation in Ukraine presented with distortions and glaring gaps.” “Ignored many of the attacks ultraradicals, often with the complicity of the police, to the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, desecration of synagogues, gangster antics against the Jews, anti-Semitic rhetoric”, – said Debts.

“Syrian” section is devoid of analysis of the root causes of rampant terrorism and systematic bloody attacks on entire religious groups, particularly Christians, – noticed the Commissioner of the foreign Ministry. Instead, formulaic attacks on the legitimate government of Syria”.

What is stated in the report

October 14, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry unveiled in Washington a new state Department report on freedom of religion, stating that after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia on the Peninsula were marked by repeated and serious violations of freedom of religion.

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The paper argues that in 2014, “religious minorities in Crimea, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Muslims from among the Crimean Tatars, suffered persecution, intimidation, detention and beatings”.

According to the authors of the document, the local authorities “took control of the religious ownership of the UOC-KP and searched in the mosques and the confiscation of literature, which they consider extremist.”

Report on freedom of religion in the world is compiled by the state Department and sent to Congress the 17th year in a row. On the basis of the conclusions contained in this document, the Secretary of state may prepare a recommendation for the inclusion of certain countries and organizations in the black list of the worst violators of religious freedom, with the subsequent introduction of sanctions against them.