Rapprochement, the newsletter of the John T. Conner Center for U.S.-U.S.S.R. Reconciliation, ceased publication with its November 1994 issue. Due to declining financial support the Conner Center board also voted "to cease all program operations and publications." For a number of years Director Don Nead organized summer courses in West Lafayette, IN, on religion in the Soviet Union, cosponsored by the National Council of Churches.
Robert Provost, formerly of Send International, has been named president of Slavic Gospel Association, Loves Park, IL.
President Boris Yeltsin met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksii II on 16 November 1994, Russian TV reported. Discussion centered on state support for the restoration of churches. (RFE/RL Daily Report, 18 November 1994.)
More restrictive legislation on international adoption passed the Russian Duma on 18 November 1994, according to Moscow Times (19 November 1994). While the U.S. Embassy in Moscow considers the legislation in effect a moratorium, a Russian government official strongly disagreed. Earlier in the fall Holt International Children's Services, a recognized leader in international adoptions, informed the EWC&M Report that it was closing its work in Russia due to difficult operating conditions.
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