Vladimir Lukin Saves Russian Protestants from the Consequences of “Prophylactic Measures”

posted 6 Feb 2012, 13:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Feb 2012, 13:20 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 01/02/12 

· Freedom of Conscience  · Ombudsmen  · Republic of Bashkortostan 

On 30 January 2012 it became known that a letter from Artur Surin, minister of education of the Republic of Bashkortostan, to his subordinates had been withdrawn at the insistence of the Public Prosecutor's Office. In the letter Artur Surin had cited Protestant organisations as an example of “foreign religious organisations of a destructive nature.” 

The review of Artur Surin's letter by the Public Prosecutor's Office was conducted at the request of Vladimir Lukin, Russian human rights Ombudsman, who had brought the issue to the attention of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on 19 January 2011. 

The review concluded that on 25 October 2011 Artur Surin had sent a letter to leading officials in the local ministry of education and to the heads of educational institutions in Bashkortostan “which maintained that foreign religious organisations of a destructive nature, whose activities are aimed at destroying social and family ties and values, ethnic traditions and cultures and a refusal to fulfil civic duties etc., present a threat to the safety of the state". [Read more]