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On February 18, the Salvation Army won a case brought by the city government that sought to close down the religious group's Moscow chapter for failing to reregister. Vladimir Ryakhovsky, lawyer with the Slavic Legal Center said that he was pleased with the Tagansky municipal court's ruling. The Salvation Army's legal battle began in 2000 when Moscow city authorities repeatedly turned down their re-registration application. The officials then sought to close the chapter for failing to register. Last year the Russian Constitutional Court ruled that religious organizations could not be shut down for failing to register.

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