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Kazakhstan: fines

Seven members of a house church in Kazakhstan, two of whom are in their late 70s, have been fined for meeting to worship in a building without state registration.

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In court hearings on 29 August, two of the believers were fined the maximum amount of 106,050 Tenge (around £232), while the two older members of the congregation and those with families were ordered to pay a reduced penalty. All the believers were charged with violating religious laws introduced in 2011, which require churches to obtain state permission to meet and also prohibit carrying out ‘missionary activity’ without state registration.