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Meteorite Explodes Over Russia

MARCH 4, 2013 | RUSSIA

On February 15, 2013, a meteorite exploded over the southern Ural Mountain region of Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring over a thousand, damaging buildings, and producing shock waves that blew out windows in many homes. Local Witness elders quickly mobilized to contact all of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the affected area. At least nine of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including one child, received cuts from flying glass. Also, one house of worship and 75 residences were slightly damaged. Local Witnesses are working to assist efforts to clear damage and debris.

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Thanks for the info.

Although the source leads me to another Russian news story:-

Russia: Restricting Freedom of Assembly Unlawful

FEBRUARY 14, 2013 | RUSSIA

Russia’s Constitutional Court confirmed on December 5, 2012, that religious organizations are not obligated to secure advance state permission to hold religious events outside of their recognized place of worship. The case, initiated by the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian government, was significant to Jehovah’s Witnesses who organize annual gatherings at rented locations and private homes. In reaching its decision, the Constitutional Court relied on victories obtained by Jehovah’s Witnesses before the European Court of Human Rights. Grigory Martynov, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated: “We hope that this ruling allows us to gather without hindrance and that it upholds religious freedom in Russia.”

I can't find the story about the Meteorite.

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