Jehovah’s Witness Delegation Visits Uzbekistan
A international delegation of representatives from the Jehovah’s Witness traveled to Uzbekistan in a unprecedented visit for a meeting with officials with the state religions agency.
As reported by the government’s own website, the delegation was led by Witnesses representatives Kenneth Flodin and Lorenzo Trapanese. They were accompanied by the head of the local chapter of the organization, Nikolai Korolev.
The event is, not to put too fine a point on it, stunning. Jehovah’s Witness has historically been one of the most intensely repressed religious groups in Uzbekistan. A search through leading Uzbek news website throws up a seemingly endless torrent of stories of arrests and busts for proselytizing. One typical news item on Podrobno.uz is unsubtly illustrated with a picture of a sign reading simply: “Beware of the Sect!”
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