Published: 1 Dec 2004 | By Tatiana Tomaeva

Freedom of religion and freedom of association in Russia – the case of Moscow Branch of The Salvation Army v Russia


Although the Salvation Army was re-established in Russia in 1992, in 2000 the Moscow Department of Justice refused to re-register the organization as required by the law on religion passed in 1997. The judicial authorities held that the Salvation Army is a subversive ‘paramilitary foreign organisation’, and it was subsequently liquidated as a legal entity. Its case, which was held admissible at the ECtHR in June 2004, will be the first emanating from Russia which raises the issue of religious freedom to be heard at the ECtHR.

In this article, Tatiana Tomaeva discusses the Russian authorities’ attitude towards the Salvation Army and explains the significance of the organisation’s case at the ECtHR. To find out more, click on the link to the full article below.