§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to President Yeltsin on the recent amendment of the 1990 law on religious freedom by the Russian Parliament to restrict foreign Christian missionary work; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have raised our concerns at a senior level in the President's Administration and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We have called the amendment, which has not yet received President Yeltson's approval, a retrograde step and have drawn attention to Russia's international commitments under the CSCE in relation to religious freedom and the free passage of information.