Keston Digital Collection is a searchable selection of digitised primary sources on the Soviet repression of religion from the Keston archive, now based at Baylor University’s Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society. Materials chosen from amongst the archive’s 4,000 plus items include: Soviet anti-religious posters; samizdat texts, such as a record of a trial handwritten on cloth; newspaper reports; photos. Users may browse various categories of source (photos; documents; posters; prints) or the entire collection. The site also offers the user sophisticated search and select options, with customised display of favourites, and plans to make audiovisual materials available in addition to high quality reproductions of texts and images. This resource will be of most use to those teaching or researching Church-State relations or religion under Communism.
Russia religion news is a long-established, searchable online archive of selected, translated articles from the Russian media on religion in the former Soviet Union from 1996 to date. Articles are taken mostly from the mainstream media, including Interfax and Russian monitors of religious news such as portal-credo.ru. Links to the original Russian text are provided for most recent items. The compiler and translator, US academic Professor Paul D. Steeves, will provide copies of those originals unavailable online on request, where possible. The site may be searched by any word or phrase, with a refine option to narrow results if need be, or browsed by year. Articles selected are weighted towards: major news stories related to religion; religious minorities; persecution of and discrimination against believers, including antisemitism; national and religious identity; religious conflict; interfaith relations; legislation. A brief links page provides access to: the 1997 Russian law 'On freedom of conscience and religious associations' in Russian and in English translation; US Department of State reports on religious freedom; statistics and surveys on religious associations and affiliation up to 2004; and other organisations monitoring religion in the former Soviet Union. A useful guide to abbreviations shows the full Russian and English names for all acronyms used. An option to be notified by email when the site is updated is available from the recent news page. This resource will be of most use to researchers and teachers of post-Soviet religion and Russian media, and of contemporary religious affairs.
Russian mosques is a well-designed, bilingual resource which catalogues over 200 mosques in the Russian Federation. Illustrated entries give information about the building, and to a lesser extent the community, with location indicated via Google maps. Contact details and URLs are provided for some mosques, and some entries include photos of both interior and exterior. Brief demographic and historical information about towns where mosques are located is also available. The project is supported by the Council of Muftis of Russia, but incorporates material from site users and open sources such as Wikipedia. Users may browse mosques in: Moscow; Kazan; Ufa; Astrakhan; Makhachkala; select via drop-down lists of region and city or click on a map. This site will be of most use to researchers of Islamic architecture and Islam in post-Soviet Russia.
Soviet Muftiev Rossii is the website of a national Muslim organisation created in Russia in 1996 and headed by Ravil Gaynutdin. The Russian version is structured around the following sections, arranged in a side bar: Council of Muftis of Russia [links to official documents, news and details about the organisation]; Moscow Islamic University [opens a new website]; Islam and Muslims [international news]; inter-faith dialogue; the mass media on Islam [both international and Russian]; books and publishing; photo gallery. The English language version is structured differently, but contains much of the same material. This easy-to-navigate site will be of most use to researchers of Islamic religion and culture in the Russian Federation.