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Kazakhstan Destroys Bibles, Uzbekistan Attacks Convert By BosNewsLife News Center 21 March 2013
ASTANA/TASHKENT/BUDAPEST - A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the destruction of 121 pieces of Christian literature, including Bibles, while in neighboring Uzbekistan an elderly convert from Islam is in "great distress" after police raided his home, Christians said Thursday, March 21.
Vyacheslav Cherkasov, a street evangelist from the Kazakhstan's city of Shchuchinsk, was reportedly detained by police on October 20 last year for offering Christian literature to passers-by in the street.
Officers confiscated his suitcase containing Bibles, children’s Bibles and other books and leaflets about the Christian faith, said Forum 18, an advocacy group investigating the case.
On March 5 the court said the confiscated material should be destroyed, in what is believed to be the first such ruling since Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. (read more)