Uzbek police also recently accused a Protestant refugee in Kazakhstan of terrorism charges, while four Baptists in the Tashkent Region -- Natalya Ogai, Filipp Kim, Dmitri Kim and Nurlan Tolebaev – were fined and sentenced to 10 days' imprisonment, because of their peaceful religious activity, Forum 18 reports.
Fines continue to be imposed on other Protestants, the agency says. However, a court in the capital, Tashkent, found that charges against a Protestant had been fabricated and ordered police to be reprimanded.
Members of Tashkent's Hare Krishna community have been banned from taking part in a music and environment festival, however.
The Karakalpakstan autonomous region in Uzbekistan's west operates a particularly harsh religious policy, Forum 18 reports, with all nonstate-controlled Muslim and non-Russian Orthodox activity being a criminal offense.