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January 6, 1999
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Representatives of Russia’s major faiths created an interfaith body aimed at bringing the country’s religious groups closer together. At a meeting in Moscow last month, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and of Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist communities agreed to set up the Permanent Interfaith Council, which is believed to be the first such group in Russia. After the council is registered as an official organization, it is expected to issue an appeal to Russia’s religious communities to oppose the current surge in anti- Semitism.

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