Local people in the North Caucasian republic are resisting plans for the Russian Orthodox Church to take over ancient churches.
Akmat Ebzeev is an IWPR contributor in Cherkessk.
This article was first published on 17 October 2003 (CRS No. 200) by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), London. Posted on Religioscope with permission.
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