After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


One Thing MP Does Right

(but for the wrong reasons)

Forum 18 news item
6 September 2013
After nearly six months in prison and a psychiatric examination, Shirazi
Bekirov was sentenced in St Petersburg to six months in an open-regime
prison. He is the thirteenth Muslim in Russia known to have received a
criminal sentence for reading the works of Islamic theologian Said Nursi,
many of which have been controversially banned in Russia as "extremist". A
court official was unable to say exactly how Bekirov's activity was
"extremist". However, she told Forum 18 News Service that Bekirov was freed
on 2 September as he had already spent nearly the whole sentence in
detention since his March arrest. A similar Nursi-related criminal case
against three women in Chelyabinsk Region was halted after no conviction
was reached within the required two-year period. Travel bans on them have
now been lifted. However, Bekirov, the three women and other Nursi readers
who have faced prosecution - whether or not they were convicted of any
"crime" - appear on a Russian government "list of terrorists and extremists

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