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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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MINISTRY OF JUSTICE WILL REVEAL THE FACTS OF FOREIGN FINANCING OF RUSSIAN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation has drawn up and published a draft law which, if adopted, would oblige the Russian religious organizations to keep their accounts of funds received within the framework of foreign financing separately from the accounts of all other revenues. Under the same draft law, religious organizations would...
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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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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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BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE OF CHRIST THE SAVIOR CONFISCATED IN DONETSK
Armed men confiscated the building of the Temple of Christ the Savior in Donetsk, Ukraine, and a car belonging to one of its clergymen, reports Sergey Kosyak, local Pastor. “The building of the Temple of Christ the Savior and the car of one of its clergymen were treacherously and shamelessly confiscated in Donetsk by armed men. I...
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Baptists in Sumy could not win their church back by court action
The Sumy Church of Grace, religious organization of the local Church of Evangelical Christian Baptists, lost its action in court for the declaration of their right to a number of premises against “Christian Spiritual Center” Benevolent Association. As follows from the order of the Economic Court of Sumy dated 23 September, as long...
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Chronicle of the persecution of the faithful in Donbass (August-September 2014)
Minutemen systematically capture temples and prayer houses, making it impossible for the faithful to worship God. According to the Ukrainian mass media, all Christians who do not go to the churches of the Moscow Patriarchate are under the threat of premeditated abduction, torture and even murder. Gunfire directed at residential quarters destroys...
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Putin accuses human rights defenders of ignoring the persecution of Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Moscow, October 15, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukrainian human rights defenders of ignoring the reported persecution of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. "Today and yesterday I saw it in the media that festivities were being held in Ukraine honoring OUN-UPA [Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Ukrainian...
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Adventist pastor abducted in Gorlovka
Sergey Litovchenko, Pastor of Adventist Church in the town of Gorlovka, Donetsk Region of Ukraine, was abducted by the representatives of ‘Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR), reports Christian Mega-Portal invictory.com with reference to the Information Department of Seventh-Day Adventists Church of Ukraine. People in camouflage uniform...
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Baptist prayer house captured in the town of Anthracite
As reported by Religion in Ukraine with reference to local bloggers, on 8 September the building of the Baptist prayer house in the town of Anthracite (Lugansk Region, Ukraine) was captured by the gunmen from the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People’s Republic" (LPR). At the time of the invasion there were around 20 invalids in the...
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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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Protestant Pastors abducted and tortured in Donetsk
Sergey Kosyak, Pastor of the “Assembly of God” Protestant Church, reported the abduction of Protestant Pastors Valery Yakubenko and Alexander Khomchenko by the militants of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Yakubenko was released 24 hours later and Khomchenko is still in detainment and is being tortured. “Alexander Khomchenko...
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Church building captured in Ukraine.  Is it a new trend?
As reported by Leonid Padun on hisFacebookpage Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters, I ask for your prayers in view of the fact that today, at 22.00, representatives of Donetsk People’s Republic took the building of our church away from us. In spite of a large number of empty buildings in the city of Donetsk they decided to capture...
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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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"THE BROTHERS WERE SHOT FOR THEIR FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST", SAID PYOTR DUDNIK
Here is what Pastor Pyotr Dudnik wrote in his Facebook page: "The Brothers were killed... Memorial service was held today. All Evangelical Churches canceled their services so that the members of their congregations could be able to attend this service. The Brothers were shot for their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, Lord, teach us...
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The building of the Word of Life Church in the town of Gorlovka nationalized by the militants of Donetsk People’s Republic
On June 16 armed representatives of Donetsk People’s Republic came into the temple of the Word of Life Church in Gorlovka’s Gorky Park to nationalize it, interrupting the prayer service. “There was a prayer service in our temple on Monday after the working day. Armed men came in, demanding us to open all rooms. We were...
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Protestant Pastor killed in Mariupol
Pastor Sergey Skorobogach, Chairman of Mariupol Council of Churches, died on June 14 in a terrorist attack on a bridge turned into checkpoint, reported the parishioners of Vivification Church where he served as a pastor. His Honda motor-car was hit by a shell fired by the terrorists. "He made this fatal trip in connection with his service....
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Representative of “Russian Orthodox Army” arrested in Mariupol by Ukrainian soldiers (PHOTO)
Ukrainian Army soldiers arrested a man with the identity card of Donetsk People’s Republic and the certificate of ‘Russian Orthodox Army”, reports the official website of the city of Mariupol. The man allegedly had a pack of drugs with him. This fact was also reported by People’s Deputy Oleg Lyashko on his page in the...
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Volunteer who helped to evacuate the civilians from Slavyansk released from captivity in Donbass
Genady Lysenko, a volunteer who helped Pyotr Dudnik, Pastor of the Glad Tidings Church, to evacuate people from Slavyansk was released from captivity, reports Religion in Ukraine with reference to Іnvictory. “Thank God, our driver who helped hundreds of families to flee from the town is free! We thank everyone who prayed, made phone...
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Four parishioners abducted by terrorists in Slavyansk amid reports of fire opened from a Protestant temple
Parishioners of the Transfiguration Church were abducted during the Holy Trinity Day service on Sunday, June 8, 2014 by a group of pro-Russian separatists in the battle-ridden town of Slavyansk in Donetsk Region, reports Tatiana Lysenko, their co-parishioner, inTwitter. "Rueben Pavenko, Alber Pavenko, Victor Brodarsky and Vladimir Velichko...
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“Proving one’s own viewpoint may be rather dangerous for one’s life. This is why we simply serve the people”, said Pyotr Dudnik, Surrogate to Bishop A
Could you give an account of the circumstances in which the separatists from the Donetsk People’s Republic arrested and later released Bishop Alexey Demidovich? He refused to give any comments saying only that “there had been no discourtesy” and that "God was merciful". We can only rely on his entry in his Facebook...
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Odessa Diocese asked the authorities to protect the clergy and the laity
Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church published an appeal for the protection of its clergy and laity to the Ukrainian authorities and the international institutions. The appeal was published on the official website of the Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Representatives of the Diocese noted that the dramatic confrontation...
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Protestant Bishop Alexey Demidovich released from detainment in Slavyansk UKRAINE
Bishop Alexey Demidovich, Chairman of the Ukrainian Inter-Church Council, was released from detainment in Slavyansk, Donetsk Region of Ukraine, reported InVictory News Agency on May 16 with reference to a source close to Demidovich. He has just been released. So far there are no details of the reasons for the detainment, said the source. According...
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Orthodox priest kidnapped in Donetsk Region, UKRAINE
Vladimir Ocheretyanin, clergyman of the Saints Peter and Paul Church in the town of Khartsizk, Donetsk Region, was abducted by a group of unidentified individuals. Father Vladimir was abducted from a hospital where he was undergoing medical treatment, said Kirill Frolov, Head of Russian Orthodox Church Relations Department of the CIS Institute...
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