New religious movements in Kazakhstan

Seventh-day Adventists

Community Seventh-day Adventists appeared in the early twentieth century in Kazakhstan. In 1902, the first Adventist community appeared in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Semey, Rozhdestvenka, Akmola region, in Kostanai region. According to the organizational structure of the supreme body of the Union Conference, which includes several conferences, which in turn include several churches or communities. Religious communities Seventh Day Adventists in Kazakhstan were managed from two centers: the North-Kazakhstan Conference of SDA and South-Kazakhstan Conference of SDA, which were part of the organizational South Unión of Seventh Day Adventists, including the Central Asian and Caucasus regional structures. Southern Union Conference Center located in Almaty.

Preachers of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kazakhstan are studying in Zaoksky Adventist University in the Tula region (the Russian Federation), founded on the basis of the Zaoksky Theological Academy, where clerics at the theological faculty teach special skills gameletike - art develop and carry out a sermon.

As of November 2015, Kazakhstan registered 42 the subject of the organization.


New Apostolic Church

Formation and expansion of the church takes place in Kazakhstan thanks to the active missionary work of German preachers. In our country, the first church was opened in 1991 in the East Kazakhstan region, near Lake Alakol. Currently, the community of followers of the church function in many large cities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The New Apostolic Church recognizes Christian holidays such as Easter, Ascension Day, Christmas. There Confirmation celebration for youths under 14 years of age, symbolizing the beginning of adult life, and Youth Day.

Special has no theological schools, as this church is in principle rejects the theological education. The New Apostolic Church is inviting clergy from Germany for worship.

As of November 2015, Kazakhstan registered 26 the subject of the religious association.


Jehovah witnesses.

Spread the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses (Bible Students) in Russia and Kazakhstan refers to the end of the XIX century, and connects it back to the name of Simeon Kozlitsky - graduate seminary. Simeon Kozlitsky among some Russians who visited the North American States, met with the Watchtower Society. After that, he returned to Russia and began to preach the idea of ​​Jehovah's Witnesses, for which he was convicted in 1892 and exiled to penal servitude for life in the village of Ust-Kamenogorsk Bukhtarma district of Semipalatinsk region (now the East Kazakhstan region), where he was active promotion of the new doctrine.

The first community of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kazakhstan began to appear in the 40-50-ies of XX century. This was due to mass repression during the Second World War. The basis of the first meetings and groups that have emerged in central and south-eastern regions of the country (the village of Rudnik, city of Satpayev, Karaganda, Balkhash and others) have become freed from prison in Karaganda and Dzhezkazgan camps, and arrived in Kazakhstan from among those who have been exiled to Siberia and the Far East. In 1955, at the Nura River held secret biblical baptism 6 people, and a week later their number reached 12.

In 1963, there were about 50 people Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Kostanay. In different places of Kazakhstan formed new communities, so in 1964 the community was formed in the city of Taraz (30 people). In 1968, Jehovah's Witnesses have acted in Kostanai, Tselinograd (now Astana), Rudny, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Aksu, Shymkent and others. The official registration took place only in the 90s. In 1992 it was recorded the first community, and January 22, 1997 was recorded Religious Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At the beginning of 2011, there were 70 religious organizations that were part of the structure of the religious center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kazakhstan.

As of November 2015 there are 60 operating entities of the flow in the Republic of Kazakhstan.


Baha'i Community.

The history of the Baha'i community in Kazakhstan is connected with the names of the faithful resettled in 1938-1939 and the 1950s of the republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, where entire families have settled in the cities of Petropavlovsk Kazakhstan, Irtysh Pavlodar, pos. Chilik Almaty region. After the rehabilitation of the families continued to live in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, despite the severe restrictions in religious activities.

In October 1990 in Almaty was created by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i Community. In May 1991, in the election of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Soviet Union, was attended by delegates from Almaty community.

The spread of Bahá'u'lláh in the cities of Kazakhstan, mainly in regional centers, caused the formation of communities, of which eighteen in 1992 were elected Local Spiritual Assemblies.

In 1994, elections were held to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Kazakhstan, which in the same year were registered and re-registered in 1997.

Today there are 6 local religious associations "Baha'i" in Kazakhstan.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

In Kazakhstan, the activity of the Church began in 1997, after the arrival in the country the first members of the Church. 2000 religious association "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kazakhstan" has been registered. As of August 2012 the number of believers - members of the Church in Kazakhstan is 193 people. After the re-registration in November 2012 on the territory of Kazakhstan are 2 religious associations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the cities of Astana and Almaty cities.

As of November 2015, the Republic of Kazakhstan there are 2 subjects of the Church.


Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, or Krishna consciousness movement neo-Indus religious movement based on the Hare Krishna religious doctrine Chaitanya bhakti, created in the XV century, claims that dominant is "blue god pastoralists Krishna", which had embodied in the god Vishnu.

For the members of the organization are four fundamental principles: rejection of the meat, avoiding alcohol, smoking and drugs, no gambling and money fraud, the rejection of a sexual life (the couple sex life is allowed only for conceiving children). In Hinduism, God (Absolute) Impersonal and unknowable. Hare Krishna Krishna Absolute personalized manner.

Today, Kazakhstan has 9 religious organizations Society for Krishna Consciousness. Number of places of worship - 2. Ethnic composition - Slav population. In Kazakhstan, there are about 450 followers.

Krishnas presented quite actively. This is evidenced by the frequent events hosted by the Representatives of the religious movements. .Krishnas seek to spread Gaudiya Vaishnavism by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in public places and the sale of books, mostly of sacred texts of Hinduism in Sanskrit and commentary founder Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Governing Body Commission, abbreviated as G-BBC - the name of the governing body of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).


Moon's Unification Church (Moonies).

"Unification Church" was registered in Kazakhstan in 2013. Currently, there is 1 institution in the country, which is located in Almaty.

Founded in 1954, Moon Sung Mohn in Seoul (South Korea). Moonies Steering Center is located in New York (USA). Personality of Moon is a central doctrine in the "Unification Church", which is based on the testimony of the founder, so his teaching is called "communism" and his followers - "Moonies."

According to researchers, the teaching-moon is a controversial and much different from the traditional version of Christianity, which is combined with the provisions borrowed from Eastern religions.