Foreign citizens will be banned from preaching in Bulgaria, as well as preaching in any other language other than Bulgarian, according to changes to the Religious Denominations Act, filed by the nationalist coalition the Patriotic Front on Thursday.

The draft amendments, ostensibly aimed at protecting Bulgaria's religious denominations from "foreign influence", also foresee banning foreign organizations, companies and citizens from providing funding or donating to Bulgarian religious denominations.

Recipients or providers of foreign funding could face up to ten years in prison, the "Patriots" have also proposed, through amendments to the penal code.

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