KARACHAY-CHERKESSIA, 2 February, Caucasus Times – The Russian Justice Ministry department for Karachay-Cherkessia has registered 328 public associations. A total of 143 of them represent the interests of different ethnic groups living in Karachay-Cherkessia. The Justice Ministry said that this was the specific feature of the multi-ethnic republic. These associations deal with protecting the rights and freedoms of individual ethnic groups living in Karachay-Cherkessia.
What is more, 185 religious associations of 15 various religious confessions and trends are operating in Karachay-Cherkessia. A total of 117 of them are Islamic associations registered by the Karachay-Cherkessia department of the Federal Registration Service. There are 36 associations of various trends of Protestantism, 13 Evangelical Christian-Baptist communities, 11 Christian Evangelical communities – Pentecostalists, seven communities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, three communities of Seventh Day Adventists, one community of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and one community of Evangelical Christians – followers of preacher Watchman Nee.
Moreover, the Hare Krishna (Krishna Consciousness) Society is also operating in Karachay-Cherkessia.
At the same time, the Justice Ministry said that only one human rights organization is registered in Karachay-Cherkessia – the Karachay-Cherkess republican branch of the public organization International Rights Assembly which was registered in 2003.