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[24.09.2OO2] Excerpts from the Interview with O. Mamausupov, Head of the State Commission on Religion at the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

There are 1383 mosques and madrasahes in Kyrgyzstan and 263 Christian and other religious establishments. There are as well 897 registered foreign missionaries in the country. More than 600 are perusing religious education abroad. Today 23 religious organizations are registered through out the country. 2 of them are Catholic, 1-Buddhist and 11- Protestant. There are also 13 small groups of Bauhaus and others South Korean Presbyterians maintain 14 churches; they also have charismatic groups and Jesus Christ churches. There are the Kyrgyz among the parishioners. Some of them are even pastors.
Mass media claim that there are about 2 thousand worshipers of the Hizb ut Takhrir among the Kyrgyz. There are about a thousand converts in Naryn. About 2-3 thousand live in Bishkek, and there were more about 3-4 years ago. Their numbers have gone down because they fear resentment from majority of the population. Commission is developing a project of social interviews. If there is a source of financing, we will calculate an exact number of people, converted into other religious affiliations
Agym, September 24, 2002

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