Russian unorthodox: Alternative sects face discrimination in a post-Soviet system that was supposed to ensure religious freedom
The Latter-Day Saints, like a raft of other non-Orthodox faiths, including Jehovah's Witnesses, have been labelled "totalitarian sects" by the Russian Orthodox Church, whose criticism is frequently tinged with nationalism. In the past decade, the Russian government has severely restricted the activities of these churches, whose followers routinely face harassment, discrimination and even detention.