East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 6, No. 2, Spring 1998, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

Websites Well Worth the Time On the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

Sharyl Corrado and Mark Elliott, Compilers

Sites marked by * are highly recommended.

Religion Sites

Association for Spiritual Renewal*
http://www.asr.ru/ In English and Russian
Includes research on religion in various regions of the former Soviet Union, an on-line bookstore with over 500 titles, and an on-line Russian magazine. At present, detailed statistics on religious organizations and churches of various denominations are available for the city of Kyiv and regions of Donetsk, Kirovgrad, and Zaporozhye, Ukraine, as well as for Krasnodar, Murmansk, Komi, and Bryansk regions in Russia.

Center of Religious Literature and Russian Exile Literature
http://www.libfl.ras.ru/eng/relig.html (In English)
http://www.libfl.ras.ru/rus/relig.html (In Russian, KOI-8)
Opened in 1990, the Center contains Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant materials, literature on other world religions and new religious movements, and a monthly bulletin, New Religious Books in Russia. The Center accepts international e-mail purchase orders for items in the bulletin.

*Christian Europe Online
http://huizen.nhkanaal.nl/~chr/links/europe/europe.htm In English
Nondenominational, Netherlands-based web site that provides links to Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic resources throughout Europe, including most countries of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Christian Philosophy and Theology of the Middle Ages
http://tela.dux.ru/antology/index.html In Russian, KOI-8
A project of the Russian Christian Humanitarian University in St. Petersburg, this anthology provides the original Latin texts and Russian translations of the most important Western philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages, a search engine for Latin and Russian terminology, biographical and bibliographical information arranged by author, and commentaries.

Czech Christian Links
http://nlkdec.nlk.anet.cz/cgi-bin/toASCII/dave/salvator/czechlinks.html In Czech with links to Czech and English
This private page provides links to Czech theological educational institutions as well as to predominantly Catholic magazines and religious news.

FEBC Russian New Testament
http://www.febc.org/cis/bible/bible.html In Russian, KOI-8
Far East Broadcasting Company makes available the Synodal translation of most books of the New Testament. It is in the process of adding the published commentary of respected prerevolutionary Orthodox scholar Alexander P. Lopukhin alongside the biblical text. Other study aids are under development.

Gandzasar Theological Center Publishing
http://www.arminco.com/ganzasar/press.html In English
The organization Gandzasar, founded in 1991 with the blessing of His Holiness the Catholicos of All Armenians, promotes understanding of the Armenian Apostolic Church through publishing. It publishes and distributes books, a theological journal, patristic literature, and numerous booklets, pamphlets, calendars, maps, and cards in the Armenian language at subsidized rates. Materials are made available free of charge to those who cannot afford them.

Hungarian Bible Links In Hungarian
Hit Gyülekezete (The Church of Faith), the largest charismatic denomination in Hungary, provides links to several editions of the Bible in Hungarian, including a new 1997 translation published by Szent Pál Akadémia (Saint Paul Academy), concordances for both the original and the new translations, and audio recordings of several books of the Bible.

http://www.xc.org/hyprbibl/ Text in Russian, 1251 Windows, instructions in English
This hypertexted Russian Bible is based on the Synodal translation, with more than 100 archaic words replaced with contemporary Russian, providing a more readable text without losing the literary style. Hypertexted appendices include the Nicene Creed, a harmony of the four Gospels, links to the miracles and parables of Jesus Christ, and a daily Bible-reading plan. This Bible can be downloaded and used off-line. NavSearch, a browser add-on with a search engine can be downloaded separately (instructions included) to provide a concordance.

International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief
http://www.religfreedom.org/ (home page) In English with links to texts in English, Russian, and other languages
The Academy, founded in Windsor, England, in July 1985, seeks "to uphold and promote the principles of religious liberty" and to provide the means and opportunities for interfaith and governmental dialogue. It assists in the adoption, dissemination, and implementation of international standards for the protection of freedom of religion and belief.
Includes press releases, statements, analyses, and English translations of the 1990 and 1997 Russian religion laws.
Includes documents related to religious freedom in various countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Lithuania.

IRR/TV Russian Bible
http://www.serve.com/irr-tv/Russian/Bible/ In Russian, KOI-8
International Russian Radio/TV offers the Synodal translation of the Bible. Display is slower than with the FEBC New Testament because each chapter is a separate link.

Magyarországi Evangélikus Egyház
http://www.evang.alarmix.net/index.html In Hungarian and English
This home page of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary includes a directory of churches and church institutions, an electronic library (containing, among other publications, its weekly newsletter), and links to various related pages.

Magyar Református Egyházak Tanácskozó Zsinata
http://www.mretzs.hu In Hungarian with links to Hungarian and English
This home page of the Hungarian Reformed Church includes its constitution, mission statement, prayer needs, upcoming events, and liturgies, as well as a large number of links to related sites, including educational institutions and the church's press service.

No Frontiers: Christian Literature to the World
http://www.nofrontiers.com/index.htm In English
No Frontiers stocks Bibles, New Testaments, children's books, and other Christian literature in over 100 languages, including the major languages of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. An on-line catalog facilitates purchase orders.

*Official Web Site of the Holy See
http://www.vatican.va In English, Italian, Latin, and other languages, including some Polish and Czech
Provides letters, newspapers, press releases, liturgies, and other general information on the Pope's travels and on historical and contemporary Catholicism worldwide. Included is the daily Holy See Press Office Bulletin, which publishes official news regarding the activities of the Pope and various Vatican departments in Italian and in the original language of each document. Speeches, messages, and various documents are published in their entirety.

The Orthodox Christian Page
http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/ In English
Created by Efthimios Mavrogeorgiadis in 1995, this web site provides links to Orthodox literature and catechism (including an article by Fr. Michael Azkoul entitled "Differences Between the Orthodox Church and Roman Catholicism"), icons, liturgies, prayers, and other resources.

*Orthodox WorldLinks
http://www.theologic.com/links.html In English
Provides access to 131 web sites related to Eastern Orthodoxy. Includes prayers and literature; bookstores, publishers, and vendors; organizations and foundations; Orthodox research resources; iconography, art, and architecture; news resources and mailing lists; patriarchates, archdioceses, dioceses, and monasteries; and educational institutions. Compiled by TheoLogic Systems, Bethel Park, PA.

Polish Christian Bookstore (Ksiegarnia im. Pawla Wladkowica)
http://www.PolishChristian.org In English and Polish
This on-line catalog of Polish-language Christian literature, containing 350 titles, allows on-line purchasing of books as diverse as a Greek/Polish New Testament, My Utmost for His Highest, C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, and numerous other titles. Ten percent is Polish in origin.

Radiotserkov News (Far East Broadcasting Company)
http://www.febc.org/cis/news/news.htm In Russian, 1251 Windows
A free service of FEBC, Radiotserkov [Radiochurch] News is updated regularly, providing current information on religious freedom issues, as well as the activities of various churches and missions in Russia, both national and international. English translations of articles of international interest can often be found on Paul Steeves' Religion in Russia web site. This appears to be the only in-country Protestant Russian news service. It provides news from throughout Russia, in contrast to the many services which focus on Moscow and St. Petersburg.

*Religion in Russia (Paul Steeves)
http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/ In English with links to Russian texts
Since April 1996, Dr. Paul Steeves, Department of History, Stetson University, has regularly screened Russian newspapers for religious news, translated relevant articles, and made his translations available free of charge on the Internet. Sources include Argumenty i fakty, Ekspress khronika, Ogonek, Russkaya mysl', Pravoslavnyi Sankt Peterburg, Keston News Service, Moscow News, and St. Petersburg Times. Well-indexed, Religion in Russia is by far the best web site for current information on religion in Russia.

*Romanian Protestant Christian Page
http://private.fuller.edu/~ematei/ In English with links to Romanian
Created by a Romanian student at Fuller Theological Seminary with the support of Romanian Protestant Christians. Includes coverage of churches (Baptist and Pentecostal to date), Protestant higher education, a directory of Romanian theological students and scholars, Protestant perspectives on Eastern Orthodoxy, directories of indigenous and foreign Christian organizations working in Romania, and a large collection of articles and book reviews by Romanian theologians related to Romanian Christianity.

*Russian Christian Home Page
http://www.bethel.edu/seminary_academics/international/russian/russian3.htm In English and Russian, with links to English and Russian-language resources
Provides links to categories such as Russian Bibles on the web, Russian-language Christian literature (including the church fathers, Alexander Men, and C.S. Lewis), a directory of Russian Christian organizations on the web, and resource materials on both Christianity and Russia.

Russian Concordance
http://www.comptek.ru/arcadia/yand_rbible.html In Russian, 1251 Windows
As a demonstration of its Russian-language full-text retrieval system Yandex.Site, CompTek International provides a search engine which finds verses throughout the Bible (Synodal Translation) containing any form of a word entered.

*Russian Orthodox Church Home Page
http://www.russian-orthodox-church.org.ru/en.htm In English and Russian
Includes major pronouncements of the patriarch and the Holy Synod, as well as extensive statistical and historical data and current events. A page providing links to Orthodox internet resources is under construction.

http://www.taize.fr In English, Polish, Hungarian, and seven other languages
In addition to a gift of one million New Testaments to the USSR in 1988, Taizé has maintained long-standing quiet ties to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants alike regularly visit Taizé in France.

General Sites

The Alinga Group Links to Russia
http://www.alinga.com/html/default_links.html In English
Seeks to share knowledge and experience with those wanting to understand Russia. Named after a river in the Russian Far East, it includes links to universities, cities, news, travel, history and culture, and other information sources.

Amnesty International
http://www.amnesty.org In English
Amnesty International seeks to protect human rights without reference to state ideology or the beliefs of victims. It collects and analyzes information from a wide variety of sources, including hundreds of newspapers and journals, government bulletins, transcripts of radio broadcasts, and reports from lawyers and humanitarian organizations. Its on-line library contains thousands of documents and reports regarding human rights violations around the world, including most countries of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.

*Bucknell University Russian materials
http://www.bucknell.edu/departments/russian/material.html In English with links to Russian and English
Provides links to a variety of materials pertaining to Russia, including such diverse subjects as environmental issues, embassies, cooking, Russian language study, feminism, folklore, and philosophy.

Dazhdbog's Grandchildren
http://sunsite.oit.unc.edu/sergei/Grandsons.html In English with Russian and English links
Created by a graduate student in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dazhdbog's Grandchildren contains various links to Russian news, literature, music, and other topics of interest. As well as serious news, this site is useful for material on Russian popular culture, including music, humor, and links to Russian cities.

Electronic Newspapers, Magazines, and Mailing Lists
http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~mes/russia/period/e-media.html In English with English and Russian links
Provides links to various Russian on-line news services, including National News Service (with a photo archive containing portraits of policy makers), Argumenty i fakty, Literaturnaya gazeta, Ogonek, Russkaya mysl', Nezavisimaya gazeta, and Russia Today.

English-Russian-English Dictionary
This active server page accepts both Russian and English words and within a few seconds provides dictionary entries including multiple meanings and usage.

*Friends and Partners
http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/home.htmlopt-tables-mac-english- In English and Russian
Jointly developed by citizens of the U.S. and Russia to better promote mutual understanding, this web site serves to create and link together information on history, art, music, literature, and religion; educational, scientific, and natural resources; and opportunities for non-Russians and Russians to communicate, travel, and work together.

Johnson's Russia List
To subscribe, e-mail davidjohnson@erols.com In English
Roughly 1,000 scholars, journalists, policy makers, and Russophiles from Washington to Hong Kong receive David Johnson's daily or weekly e-mail compilation of news and analysis about contemporary Russia. Voluminous and controversial, "whatever their opinion of his views, scholars agree that the list is changing the nature of academic and political scrutiny of Russia." (Sarah Koenig, New York Times, 17 March 1997).

*Okno Consulting Home Page
http://www.msen.com/~okno/index.html In English with links to multiple languages
Okno Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI, advises Western businesses working in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Of special interest is an annotated list of links to other relevant web sites, including home pages and statistical data for the countries of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.

*Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
http://www.rferl.org/index.html In English, with live audio broadcasts in Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Croatian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Serbian, Tajik, Tatar-Bashkir, Turkmen, and Uzbek
As well as multilanguage live broadcasts, RFE/RL publishes up-to-date regional news, articles, and special reports on all regions of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Links are also provided to Caucasus and Bosnia coverage, as well as news in Russian (KOI-8).

*Russian and East-European Studies Internet Resources
http://www.pitt.edu/~cjp/rees.html In English with links to sites in a variety of languages
The REESWeb is a comprehensive index of electronic resources on the Balkans, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Pittsburgh. Disciplines indexed include language, government, business, media, technology, and public affairs.

Editor's Note: See also Bob Dasal, "The Computer Is Vital Tool for Missionary Organization Working in Russia," Christian Computing Magazine 8 (February 1996). Available at: http://www.gospelcom.net/ccmag/articles/msty0296.html. For subscriptions, contact: Christian Computing Magazine, Box 198, Raymore, MO 64083; tel: 800-456-1868 or 816-331-3881; fax: 816-331-5510; bdsal@ccmag.com.

Sharyl Corrado and Mark Elliott, Compilers, "Websites Well Worth the Time," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 6 (Spring 1998), 3-6.

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