Religion in Transnistria

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PMR official statistics show that 91 percent of the Transnistrian population adhere to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, with 4 percent adhering to Roman Catholicism.[1] Roman Catholics are mainly located in Northern Transnistria, where a notable Polish minority is living.[2]

Transnistria's government has supported the restoration and construction of new Orthodox churches. It affirms that the republic has freedom of religion and states that 114 religious beliefs and congregations are officially registered. However, as recently as 2005, registration hurdles were met with by some religious groups, notably the Jehovah's Witnesses.[3] In 2007, the US-based Christian Broadcasting Network denounced the persecution of Protestants in Transnistria.[4]


  1. ^ "World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Transnistria (unrecognised state): Overview". Refworld. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ethnic map of Transnistria", CEU monitor, Google, archived from the original (JPEG) on 26 February 2010 
  3. ^ "Moldova", International Religious Freedom Report, US: Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 2005 
  4. ^ Lane, Gary (6 April 2007), "Christians Face Abuse from Corrupt Regime", CBN News, archived from the original on 18 April 2009 .