Believers most affected by persecution are the non-registered, mostly Protestant, Christians. They are monitored and hemmed in by laws restricting the right of assembly as well as the production and use of religious literature and training. A court verdict in March 2013 ordered the destruction of 121 religious books, including Bibles. After a public international outcry, the court reversed its decision. Nevertheless, the situation is worsening for Christians, with even the largely untouched Russian Orthodox Church beginning to face challenges.
- For 66-year-old Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, imprisoned in 2013 on charges of poisoning a church member with communion wine
- For converts who are strongly pressured by family and neighbors to recant their newfound faith