KESTON NEWS SERVICE: 20.00, 29 January 2002.
Reporting on violations of religious liberty and on religion in communist
and post-communist lands.
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FACTFILE: RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS AGENCIES. Directory of
government agencies handling religious affairs in the CIS, Baltic
republics, Eastern Europe and China. The role of such state or
government agencies varies widely from country to country. Compiled by
Felix Corley, the list draws on information provided by a number of
embassies in London, Keston's Moscow and Central Asian
correspondents and contacts in the region.

COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES (CIS)

ARMENIA
Hayastani Hanrapetutsyan kroni gortseri petakan khorurd
State Council on Religious Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
Reports to the Government
Chairman: Mr Razmik Markossian (appointed July 2000)
Deputy chairman: Mr Eduard Safarian
Address:
3 Abovyan St
375001 Yerevan
Armenia
Tel: +374 1 564634
Fax: +374 1 564563
Tel/Fax: +374 1 564181


AZERBAIJAN
State Committee for Relations with Religious Organisations
Chairman: Mr Rafik Aliyev (appointed 2001)
Deputy Chairman: Mr Namik Allahverdiyev
Deputy Chairman (acting): Mr Mustafa Ibrahimov
12 Akhmed Djavad str.
Baku
Azerbaijan
Tel: + 994 12 92 93 33
Tel/Fax: + 994 12 92 69 85
E-mail: addk@addk.org


BELARUS
State Committee for Religious Affairs and Ethnic Minorities
Reports to Cabinet of Ministers
Chairman: Mr Stanislav Nikiforovich Buko (appointed November 2001)
Deputy Chairman: Mr Ivan Janovich
Address:
Kommunisticheskaya 11, Suite 411
Minsk, 220029
Belarus
Tel: +375 17 2848965, 2846344
Fax: +375 17 2846344


GEORGIA
No state agency. Religious affairs are handled by the Deputy State
Minister.
Address:
7 Ingorokva St
380018 Tbilisi
Georgia
Tel: +995 32 935033
Fax: +995 32 989710


KAZAKHSTAN
Council for Religious Affairs
Chairman: Mr Amambek Mukhashev
Address:
Astana
Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 3172 152690

Department for Work with Confessions, Ministry of Culture, Information
and Social Accord
Minister: Mr Mukhtar Abrar-Uly Kul-mukhammed
Address:
Astana
Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 3172 322405


KYRGYZSTAN
State Commission for Religious Affairs
Chairman: Mr Omurzak Mamayusupov
Deputy Chair: Ms Natalya Shadrova
Address:
ul. Kievskaya, 96-B, kom. 105
Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan
Tel: + 996 312 220576, 222987
Fax: + 996 312 661821
Also office in Osh, due to become main office. Has no telephone.


MOLDOVA
Serviciul de Stat pentru Problemele Cultelor pe linga Guvernul Republicii
Moldova
State Service for the Affairs of Cults
Chairman: Mr Gheorghe Armasu, director of the State Service for
Minorities issues
(appointed November 1993)
Address:
124 Stefan cel Mare str
MD-2012, Chisinau
Moldova
Tel: +373 2 233663, 271814
Fax: +373 2 233663


RUSSIA

Council for Relations with Religious Associations
Reports to President
Head: Head of presidential administration Mr Aleksandr Voloshin
Secretary: Mr Aleksandr Ilyich Kudryavtsev
Address:
4 Staraya Ploshad
103132 Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 095 2063583
Fax: +7 095 2063433

Department for Relations with religious associations of the Directorate
for relations with political parties, social associations, fractions and
deputies of the Federation Council
Head: Mr Andrei Oskarovich Protopopov
Address:
4 Staraya Ploshad
103132 Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 095 2064997
Fax: +7 095 2065432

Department of the Governmental Apparatus for links with social
organisations and religious associations
Head: Mr Sergei Ivanovich Zhiganov
Deputy Head: Mr Andrei Yevgenevich Sebentsov
Address:
2 Krasnopresnenskaya Nab.
103274 Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 095 2056681, 2058951
Fax: +7 095 2055015

Commission for Questions of Religious Associations
Reports to government
Head: Deputy Prime Minister Mrs Valentina Matvienko
Deputy: Andrei Yevgenievich Sebentsov
Address:
2 Krasnopresnenskaya Nab
103274 Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 095 2055451
Fax: +7 095 2055410


TAJIKISTAN
Committee on Religious Affairs attached to the Government
Reports to: Council of Ministers
Chairman: Mr Saidjon Akhmedov
Deputy Chairman: Mr Ikromiddin Negmatov
Chief Specialist: Mr Rabi Aliev
Address:
80 Prospekt Rudaki (Presidential Palace)
Dushanbe
Tajikistan
Tel: +992 372 233366, 214065, 218183
Fax: +992 372 216005


TURKMENISTAN
Gengeshi for Religious Affairs
reports to President
Chairman: Mr Yagshymyrat Atamyradov
Deputy Chairman: Chief Mufti Nasrullah ibn Ibadullah
Deputy Chairman: Father Andrei Sapunov
Deputy Chairman: Mr Murad Karriev
Address:
ul. Shevchenko 41a
744300 Ashgabad
Turkmenistan
Tel: +993 12 353370, 393468, 392830


UKRAINE
Derzhavnyi komitet Ukraini u spravakh religii
State Committee for Religious Affairs
Reports to Cabinet of Ministers
Chairman: Mr Viktor Bondarenko (appointed 1997)
Deputy Chairman: Mr Nikolai Romanovich Novichenko
Address:
Prorizna 15
252164 Kyiv
Ukraine
Tel: +380 44 229 3716
Fax: +380 44 2293643


UZBEKISTAN
Vazirlar Makhkamasi Khuzuridagi din Ishlari Buuicha Khumita
Committee of Religious Affairs with Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic
of Uzbekistan
Chairman: Mr Fazil Sabirov (since spring 1999)
First Deputy Chairman: Mr Shoazim Minovarov
Deputy Chairman: Mr Salim Melikulov
Address:
6 Mustakillik maidoni,
700078 Tashkent
Uzbekistan
Tel: +998 71 1394221, 1394105
Fax: +998 71 1391763


UNRECOGNISED ENTITIES IN CIS


ABKHAZIA
Council for Religious Affairs of the Cabinet of Ministers
Plenipotentiary: Mr Rezo Nikolaevich Katsia [works from home]
Address:
Sukhum
Abkhazia
Tel: +995 122 21441
Fax: +995 122 21441


CHECHNYA
No information.


NAGORNO-KARABAKH
There is no state agency handling religious affairs.


TRANSDNIESTER
Commissioner of religion and cults
Reports to president
Chairman: Mr Pyotr Aleksandrovich Zalozhkov
Assistant: Tamara Aleksandrovna Kovalchuk
Address:
12-v ul. Shevchenko
Tiraspol
Tel: +373 33 62722


BALTIC STATES


ESTONIA
Siseministeeriumi Usuasjade Osakond
Ministry of Interior department for religious affairs
Head of department: Mr Ilmo Au
Address:
Pikk 61
15065 Tallinn
Estonia
Tel: +372 612 5057
Fax: +372 612 5077
E-mail: Ilmo@sisemin.gov.ee


LATVIA
Religisko lietu parvalde
Board of Religious Affairs
Reports to Ministry of Justice
Head Dr Ringolds Balodis
Address:
Pils laukums 4
Riga, LV-1050
Latvia
Tel/fax +371 7220585
E-mail: ringb@delfi.lv


LITHUANIA
Lietuvos Vyriausybes patarejas religiju klausimais
Government adviser on religious affairs
Mr Julius Ratkus
Address:
Gedimino pr. 11
LT-2039 Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: +370 2 663741
Fax: +370 2 221088
j.ratkus@lrvk.lt


EASTERN EUROPE


BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

-MUSLIM/CROAT FEDERATION
There is no state agency handling religious affairs.

-REPUBLIKA SRPSKA
Ministarstvo vera
Ministry of Religion
Minister: Mr Dusan Antelj
Address:
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tel/fax: +387 51 217262


BULGARIA
Direkcia po veroizpovedaniata pri Ministerskia Savet
Religious Affairs Directorate of the Council of Ministers
Director Mr Lubomir Mladenov
Address:
1 Kniaz Aleksander Dondukov blvd.
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 887 20 60
Fax: +359 2 88 04 88


CROATIA
There is no state agency handling religious affairs.


CZECH REPUBLIC
Odbor cirkvi
Department of Churches
Reports to Ministry of Culture
Head: Ms Jana Repova
Address:
Prague
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 57085571
Fax: +420 2 33371868
Email: repovaj@mkcr.cz


MACEDONIA
There is no state agency handling religious affairs.


ROMANIA
Secretariatul de Stat pentru Culte
State Secretariat for Religious Denominations
Reports to: Ministry of Culture and Religious Denominations
Director:
Deputy director: Mr Stefan Ionita
Address:
Str. Nicolae Filipescu 40
70136 Bucharest
Romania
Tel: 1 2118116, 2114040
Fax: 1 2109471
Email: ssc@mediasat.ro




SLOVENIA
Urad za Verske Skupnosti
Office for Religious Communities
Reports to government
Director: Dr Drago Cepar
Address:
Dalmatinova 2/XII
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
tel: + 386 1 231 0670
fax: + 386 1 232 7564
E-mail: info.uvs@gov.si
Website: www.gov.si/uvs/



YUGOSLAVIA
-FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
Savezni sekretarijat za vere
Federal Secretariat for Faiths
Secretary: Bogoljub Sijakovic
Address:
Palata Federacije
Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2
11070 Novi Beograd
Tel: +381 11 3114480
Fax: +381 11 604565
E-mail: bogoljub.sijakovic@gov.yu



-SERBIA
Ministarstvo vera
Ministry of Religion
Minister: Mr Vojislav Milovanovic
Deputy minister: Mr Zivojin Stijepic
Address:
Resavska 42
11000 Belgrade
Serbia
Tel: +381 11 3617628
Fax: +381 11 3616595
E-mail: min_vera@uzzpro.sr.gov.yu



-MONTENEGRO
After the resignation of the Minister of Religion in January 2001, the
Prime
Minister took the post


ASIA


CHINA
Religious Affairs Bureau
Director: Mr Ye Xiaowen
Deputy Director: Ms Guo Wei
Head of Christian affairs department: Ms Ma Yuhong
Address:
22 Xi'anmen Street
Beijing 100017
China
Tel/Fax: 00 86 10 6309 9216

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