Makset Djabbarbergenov (32), a former house church pastor from Uzbekistan, has been imprisoned in a Kazakh jail. He is awaiting a ruling on whether he will be returned to face charges in Uzbekistan, where he is wanted for “illegal” religious teaching and literature. Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court is considering whether to declare him a refugee, given that he faces persecution if he returns to Uzbekistan.
Yakov Skornyakov, aged 77, is facing charges under Kazakhstan’s new religious laws for leading an unregistered Baptist church. Yakov served time in Soviet prisons on three separate occasions for his religious beliefs. His last prison sentence ended twenty years ago in 1986.