President Alexander Lukashenko’s speech to mark Orthodox Christmas last week suggested he is considering a wholesale union of church and state. Minority faiths fear they will become the first victims.
Natalia Mukha is a journalism student at the Belarusian State University in Minsk.
This article was originally published by the IWPR (Institute for War Peace Reporting), London, in the first issue of its Belarus Reporting Service (BRS, 17 January 2003). The Institute for War & Peace Reporting strengthens local journalism in areas of conflict. Religioscope has been allowed by the IWPR to repost its articles.
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