Uzbekistan has continued to punish people exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief without state permission, Forum 18 News Service notes. Between February and April, 28 Protestants were fined and four were warned for the “offence”, with three Baptists also being fined for not declaring their personal Bibles while crossing the border from Kazakhstan into Uzbekistan. The fines and warnings were accompanied by the confiscation of religious literature.
Bomb disposal the Uzbek way..
In the region around the capital Tashkent, eight police and National Security Service (NSS) secret police raided the home of Natalya Kim in Yukori-Chirchik on 27 February, Protestants who wished to remain unnamed for the fear of state reprisals told Forum 18 on 3 May. Kim had — according to a subsequent court verdict – “arranged an unauthorized gathering in her home and led a religious meeting“. Local Protestants told Forum 18 that police claimed at the time that a bomb was hidden in Kim’s home.
Sorry, fellas. If you’re looking for bombs, you won’t find them in a Bible study. For that, you’ll have to go to a mosque.