Three convictions for faith in God
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We have more than once informed you of the persecution against a small Christian congregation in the city of Uralsk, Republic of Kazakhstan (see our Reports №27 and №5/1 in 2014 and Reports №42, №33, №22/1, №18/1, №7 in 2013).
On 09.12.2014 Nikolay V. Novikov received two orders from E.K. Andakulov, Court Bailiff of Uralsk Territorial Section of Court Bailiffs №4: one for the attachment of his garage and land plot (registered under cadastral №08:130:048:582) in a garage cooperative, the other for the appointment of an evaluation officer for the evaluation of his property to be confiscated and put up for a public auction on the basis of the Enforcement Proceeding File №13497-14-27.
Let us remind you that this is the third conviction of Nikolay Novikov in the last two years for charges brought against him under Part 2 of Article 374-1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Kazakhstan (“Participation in the activities of an unregistered religious association”) and his third fine of 50 minimal salaries (each fine being equal to more than 500 US Dollars). Starting from September 2013, he is not allowed leave the Republic of Kazakhstan and is also not allowed to reregister, deregister, sell or lease out Audi 100 C4, his personal motor car. Moreover, execution is levied against his funds and assets kept in banks and institutions performing some types of banking operations. In August 2014 Brother Nikolay was detained for five days for the non-payment of fines.
Our congregation in Uralsk asks to support the family of Brother Nikolay V. Novikov who has four minor children by your prayers so that our Lord gives them strength in this adversity and to petition for the reversal of the fines and restrictions imposed on him, as well as for the halt of the persecution of the Christians for their faith in and service to God in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Addresses for petitions:
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Public Prosecutor of West Kazakhstan Region
Head of the Judicial Act Enforcement Department