We publish the paper, presented by Irina Papkova (Georgetown University) on American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) in Washington DC in November, 2006. The paper is long enough and includes many footnotes, so we publish it in Word format (120 Kb). Browse or download the article.15.12.2006 - 19:24
A long-standing conflict around Basic Orthodox Culture (BOC) courses in secondary schools is a focal issue in relationships between the Russian Orthodox Church and the government.
On 27 November, 2006 a joint meeting of three Public Chamber commissions was held in Moscow.
The meeting adopted a resolution on the issue, later changed by the Board of the Chamber.
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According to the Slavic Legal Center, the Russian Ministry of Justice has mailed out a draft legal text to religious associations to consult about the Ministry's initiative to amend certain federal legislation "to counteract illegal missionary outreach." The Slavic Legal Center is very critical of the proposed law.
Similarly, SOVA offers our own, more detailed critical remarks.