“Unfortunately, the pages of this report, which has been published today, contain reports on the violation of the rights of religious minorities in such countries as Burma, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and many others,” said John Kerry in his commentary.
At the beginning of the section on Russia, it is noted that in the country "Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism are recognized as traditional religions with recognition of the special role of the Russian Orthodox Church, which is granted privileges like no other religious group."
“The government generally did not prohibit (in 2014) the activities of established Judeo-Christian religious groups, but introduced prohibitions restricting the activities of religious minorities. The government’s actions included the detention and detention of members of religious minorities ... Police conducted raids on such groups in private homes, places of worship, confiscating religious publications and property, ”the report says.
It is also alleged that “using anti-extremist legislation, the authorities withdrew registration from such groups or refused to register them, limited their ability to buy land and buildings for worship, and did not return property confiscated during the Soviet years.”
In addition, the State Department is still concerned about the situation with anti-Semitism in the country.
“Although Jewish community leaders do not report official acts of anti-Semitism at the federal level, the number of reports of anti-Semitism at the level of local authorities increased during the year, as well as the number of anti-Semitic publications in state media increased ... The marches of nationalists were accompanied by anti-Semitic slogans by politicians, mainstream media and social networks. The number of cases of vandalism in synagogues, mosques and cemeteries has increased, ”the document says.
The report is accompanied by examples of such violations, indicating the organizations, place and time of the events and their participants.
Such reports are published annually, and each of them contains criticism of Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry called these documents "tendentious and containing the same set of claims."