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"EXORCISTS FROM MURMANSK" – NEW VIDEO ATTACK ON PROTESTANT DENOMINATION
New “anti-sectarian” video containing a "revelatory interview" was released recently by severpost.ru, Murmansk-based media center: The video was accompanied by the following article: “Expulsion of the demon of hypertension and poverty, expulsion of the spirit of depression, treatment of cancer and severe osteoarthrosis by...
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PENALTY TOUGHENED FOR GUNMAN ACCUSED OF CATHEDRAL MURDERS
The regional court sentenced S. Komarov to 24 years of imprisonment in maximum security penal colony, having established that he had committed the crime in a generally dangerous way on the grounds of religious hatred. MOSCOW. The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upgraded the punishment to life sentence for Stepan Komarov who had killed...
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SAKI, CRIMEA – YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR EVANGELISM
Baptist evangelists sentenced to major fines 10 мая группа евангелистов из г. Саки, Республика Крым, приехал в деревню Maryanovka в Красногвардейском районе, чтобы поздравить жителей села с праздником Пасхи. В районе, в окружении высотных жилых домов на друзей начал петь с музыкальным сопровождением. Люди приходили посмотреть их и тех, кто был...
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LUTHERAN PASTOR PERSECUTED IN KALUGA
Igor Knyazev, Bishop of SEDO ELC AC, sent the following petition to the authorities of Kaluga Region and the city of Kaluga, as well as to the regional law enforcement agencies: P E T I T I O N I petition the heads of the administrations of the city of Kaluga and Kaluga Region, the heads of the law enforcement agencies and the mass...
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OREL, RUSSIA – BAPTIST PERSECUTED
Dear Brothers and Sisters, On 11.08.2014 Pavel N. Pilipchuk, Minister of the Church in the city of Orel, Russia, was fined for evangelism for 20,000 RUR and on 22.12.2014 he was fined for 40,000 RUR for the failure to pay the previous fine. On 13.04.2015 Pilipchuk was summoned to come to the local court bailiff office. He went there...
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PETITION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS-BAPTISTS TO THE STATE AUTHORITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WITH A REQUEST TO REFRAIN FROM THE REGISTRATION OF RELI
TO: V.V. Putin, President of the RF CC: S.E. Naryshkin, Chairman of the RF State Duma Y.Y. Chaika, RF Prosecutor General S.V. Smirnov, Chief of Staff of the RF Civic Chamber FROM: the faithful of the Moscow Church of Evangelical Christians-Baptists PETITION Do not shed innocent blood… (Bible, Book of Jeremiah, 22:3) Dear...
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INFRINGEMENTS IDENTIFIED IN PROTESTANT ASSOCIATIONS
Based on the results of the inspections carried out this year by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, sanctions were imposed on three out of five religious organizations where violations of the Russian laws had been identified. This follows from the report published on 8 May on the Ministry’s website. Questions concerning...
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LAWYER VLADIMIR RYAKHOVSKY - “COURT DECISION IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL”
Lawyer Vladimir Ryakhovsky who represented Pastor Alexei Kolyasnikov in court gave his comments to Sova Center on the decision of Krasnodar Territorial Court to legitimize the fine for the collective recital of the Bible in a café. It is still too early to speak about the motives for the court decision because its text has not yet...
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LAW ON MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES DRAFTED IN STAVROPOL TERRITORY
The law governing predicatory and missionary activities drafted in Stavropol Territory.According to the news published on 13 February 2015, the authorities of Stavropol Territory intend to regulate the missionary activities. According to Alexander Pisarenko, Chairman of the Territorial Committee for the Affairs of Ethnic Groups and Cossacks, ”non-traditional”...
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CRIMEAN AUTHORITIES INTEND TO NATIONALIZE THE UKRAINIAN CHURCHES ON THE PENINSULA
The authorities of Crimea are elaborating the legal framework for the property and the buildings owned by the Ukrainian religious organizations, reports Krym Media with reference to Alexander Selevko, Head of the “Department for Religions Affairs and Affairs of National and Cultural Associations” of the “Ministry of Culture of the...
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REASONS FOR THE “ANTI-SECTARIAN” PROPAGANDA ON RUSSIAN TV CHANNELS EXPLAINED BY ANATOLY PCHELINTSEV
Anatoly Pchelintsev, Editor-in Chief of Religion and Law magazine, shared his views on the reasons for the abundance of “anti-sectarian” broadcasts aired by Russian TV channels. Anatoly Pchelintsev, who is also the Honorable Lawyer of Russia and a member of the Board of Experts of the Committee for the Affairs of Public Associations...
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PRIEST DETAINED AGAIN FOR BIBLE RECITAL IN A SOCHI CAFÉ
Roman Lunkin, Leading Research Scientist of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, commented an incident in Sochi where a Pastor was detained again for reciting the Holy Bible in one of the city’s cafes. It is preferable to refrain from speaking about God in public – such is the key message of the Khostinsky...
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HE WAS TORTURED AND THREATENED WITH INCITEMENT TO SUICIDE
Yevgeny Petrin, an employee of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate who was detained as a suspect for high treason, had left the Federal Security Service (FSS) in 2013 but had not stopped his counterespionage activity, reports Commersant with reference to his brother Alexei Petrin. According to the suspect’s...
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BAPTISTS FINED FOR EVANGELISM IN SMOLENSK
Dear Brothers and Sisters, A traveling library of Christian books is open every Saturday near the entrance to Blonye public garden, one of leisure areas in the city of Smolensk. Our friends install their table with books in a place where they do not stand on the way of motor cars and pedestrians. On 25 October 2014 Victor Pechkurov,...
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SPIRITUAL FATHER OF PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA ACCUSED PROTESTANT REHABILITATION CENTERS OF PROSELYTISM
Schema-Archimandrite Eli (Nozdrin), spiritual father of Optina Monastery and Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia, sent a letter to the members of the Supervisory Board of the National Counter-Drugs Union stating his resignation from the Board. “I hereby state my resignation from the Supervisory Board of the National Counter-Drugs Union...
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LEVADA CENTER - THE RUSSIANS BELIEVE THAT THE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS FEELINGS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH
DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS: According to Levada Center, Russian non-governmental sociological research organization, Russians condemn the attack on the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, but 59% consider the satirical cartoons of Muhammad as provocative and offensive towards the feelings of the faithful....
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The State Duma has simplified the procedure of legalization of new religious organizations in Russia
Moscow, 7 October. INTERFAX – The State Duma endorsed in the first reading the draft law proposed by the Russian Government thus enabling religious organizations that have been active in Russia for less than 15 years to obtain the legal entity status. At present the so-called "rule of 15 years" is in force under which a religious...
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Sochi resident fined by the court for the reciting of the Bible in a café
Resident of Sochi who had held a religious meeting in one of the city’s cafes was accused of the “violation of the established order of meetings, rallies, demonstrations, processions or picketing” Alexei Kolyasnikov, leader of the Community of Christians religious group appealed against the court decision considered by him as...
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Orthodox temple robbed in Vladimir Region
Moscow, 9 October. INTERFAX – Two XIX century icons were stolen from a Russian Orthodox temple in Borisovskoe Village of Vladimir Region, reports Interfax with reference to the Press Center of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation. An unknown individual entered the temple by breaking the lock on its door. The building had...
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AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW
Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 316-FZ of 22 October 2014 on the Amendments to Article 16 of the Federal Law on the Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations was published on 24 October 2014. In fact, only two paragraphs of Russia’s key law regulating, inter alia, the activities of religious associations have been amended:...
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COURT TRIAL ON THE VIDEO ABOUT THE CONFISCATION OF THE HOLY RELICS FROM ROAC
Photo taken in Vladimir near the court building where the hearing on the case of thevideo about the confiscation of the relics of the Saints Euphymios and Euphrosynia of Suzdal from the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church was initiated. On 24 October 2014 a vigil took place near the building of Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Vladimir...
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Israeli authorities are ready to extradite Grozovsky - source
Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The materials of the criminal case against Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who is charged with child molestation, have been sent to Israel at the request of the Israeli law enforcement agencies, a source familiar with the situation toldInterfaxon Wednesday. "The Israeli authorities have sent a request to the...
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Mass protest of Evangelical Christian Baptists near the building of the CPSU Central Committee on 16-17 May 1966
V.Y. Katko Mass media recently reported the death of Natalia Gorbanevskaya, one of eight individuals who came out to Moscow’s Red Square in 1968 to protest against the invasion of the Soviet armed forces to Czechoslovakia. The event was widely publicized, but mass media ignored another similar event that had taken place two years before,...
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Archbishop Andrei (Maklakov), administrator of ROAC parishes in the US, denied entry to and deported from Russia by its authorities
In the morning of September 16 an officer of the Border Guard of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport denied entry to Russia to Archbishop Andrei of Pavlovskoye and Rockland, hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC), without assigning any reasons. As reported to the correspondent...
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Russian Church urges Ukrainian authorities to stop persecutions against Orthodox Christians
Moscow, August 5, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has urged the Ukrainian authorities to prevent an inter-faith standoff in Ukraine. "We are calling on the Ukrainian state authorities to put a barrier in the way of those who would want the civil conflict to escalate into an inter-faith standoff as such a scenario would largely postpone...
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CRIMINAL CODE “DORMANT” ON THE FEELINGS OF THE FAITHFUL
Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offences became effective one year ago. Starting from 1 July 2013 anyone can be brought to a serious criminal responsibility of up to one-year imprisonment for the actions described in part 1 of Article 148 of the RF Criminal Code as “public actions evidently expressing disrespect...
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Program-200 aimed at the construction of temples in Moscow causes discontent among its residents
In 2010 Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that the Gold-Domed Moscow had not been living up to this name for quite a while: the ratio of church buildings vs. Orthodox population in the capital was the lowest among all regions of Russia. In order to raise this ratio at least to the average country-wide level, i.e. 11.2...
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CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CONFIRMED THE LEGITIMACY OF THE CONFISCATION OF THE HOLY RELICS FROM ROAC
On 3 July 2014 the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation declined the complaint from Metropolitan Theodore (Gineyevsky), First Hierarch of ROAC, concerning the decision on the confiscation of the relics of the Saints Euphymios and Euphrosynia of Suzdal from the faithful of ROAC in favor of the state. The CC decision was published on...
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RUSSIA: MORE BUREAUCRATIC CHECKS WITH INCREASINGLY STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS
A large fine of 150,000 rubles (about $4,400) has been levied on the Evangelical Christians - Baptists (ECB) Good News Church in Vladivostok, Russia. The presbyter of the church has been fined another 6,000 rubles. The fine was imposed by the State Fire Control Service following a May 23rd inspection of the house of worship. The Vladivostok...
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One more church building confiscated from ROAC
Church of the Blessed Saints Boris and Gleb, historical monument built in the town of Suzdal in late XVII – early XVIII century, was confiscated from Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC) which had been using it since early 2000s. News of the confiscation came on June 10, 2014. The decision to confiscate the church building was...
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Rostov Region – Evangelism is illegal
Aparinsky Hamlet, Russia - oppression, fines Dear Brothers and Sisters, A group of the faithful from Rostov-on-Don was invited by Mr. Pavel B. Timofeyev, resident of Aparinsky Hamlet, Ust-Donetsky District of Rostov Region, to conduct an Evangelical service in Ust-Donetsky Village. At 11 a.m. on 10.05.2014 members of the group started handing...
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