HC Deb 20 July 1993 vol 229 c93W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government are taking with regard to proposed legal amendments in Russia which would restrict the activity of foreign religious organisations in that country.

Mr. Goodlad

We raised with the Russian authorities on 15 July our concern at the passing by the Russian Supreme Soviet the previous day of an amendment of the 1990 law on freedom of religion. 'We have drawn attention to Russia's international commitments under the CSCE documents in relation to religious freedom and the free passage of information and urged that the new legislation, which has not yet received the president's signature, should not be brought into force.

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