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Muslims pray outside the Moscow Cathedral Mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 1, 2017 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).

Why Is Russia Becoming Less Tolerant of Religious Minorities?

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about religious minorities in various countries around the world.

In its 2017 annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom called out Russia for creating an increasingly repressive environment for religious minorities. While the report did not put Russia on the U.S. watchdog’s list of most egregious violators, it did recommend for the first time that Russia be designated a “country of particular concern.” In an email interview, Eugene Clay, head of the religious studies faculty at Arizona State University and a scholar on religion in Russia, discusses Russian attitudes toward religion since the collapse of the Soviet Union and why the country is becoming less tolerant of religious minorities. ...

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