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Lutheran churches in Russia reopen

New religion law may lead to much paperwork

Despite a new Russian law restricting religions, Lutherans in the former Soviet Union this fall reopened several congregations and a seminary moved into its second trimester.

The Lutheran Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, St. Petersburg, was rededicated Sept. 16 after a $1.3 million renovation. Once the largest church in Russia with the finest organ in the czarist empire, it was turned into an Olympic-size indoor pool during the Krushchev era. The cathedral was rebuilt with financial help from the German government.


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