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Right Defenders Demand Release Of Missionary In Kazakhstan

International human rights organizations are expressing concern over the fate of Elizaveta Drenicheva, who was jailed in Kazakhstan on January 9 for her missionary activities.

She was found guilty of propagating harmful religious teachings and sentenced to two years in jail.

She represented the Unification Church founded by Sun Myung Moon.

The secretary-general of the Eurasian Council of Peace, Vladimir Petrovsky, told RFE/RL today that Drenicheva has religious views similar to many other religions and that her organization has not been banned by Kazakhstan.

Human rights defenders consider Drenicheva a prisoner of conscience and have demanded her immediate release.