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At a conference in Irkutsk, mention was made of the benevolent attitude of the authorities towards Jehovah's Witnesses

Irkutsk Region

On October 24, 2016, the Irkutsk Regional Library hosted a conference on the topic "Theory and Practice of Implementing Ethno-Confessional Relations in the Irkutsk Region".

Relations based on mutual respect have developed in the region with Jehovah's Witnesses and other religious organizations, said Alexei Mishin, a representative of the regional government, in his plenary speech. Referring to Jehovah's Witnesses, he said that about 5,500 of them live in the Baikal region, and they appeared in the region 65 years ago during the operation of mass forced resettlement of believers of this religion from the western regions of the USSR.

It can be added that for many years in different cities of the Irkutsk region, Jehovah's Witnesses have been actively helping in landscaping. The patronage assistance that individual believers provided to the orphanage and the baby home in the city of Usolye-Sibirskoye did not go unnoticed.