In July 2016, Russia passed religion laws restricting “illegal missionary activity” by either citizens or foreigners. This activity could involve speaking to people about religion, or the distribution of either printed, audio or video materials.
Between January and June of this year, there have been 42 known prosecutions, resulting in 36 convictions. All those who were convicted received fines.
Most of the recent convictions have not involved religious organisations but rather individuals who were sharing their faith. Those charged were convicted because they did not notify the authorities of the existence of their “religious group”, even though they were acting as individuals.
These laws do not only affect Christians but also citizens belonging to other religious groups. According to Russia’s current laws, individuals or groups engaging in missionary or evangelistic activities of any kind could possibly be subjected to stiff opposition.
- Prayerfully uphold our brothers and sisters in Russia who are presently encountering opposition for sharing their faith.
- Ask the Lord to provide for those who have received fines so they will have the resources required to pay the penalties.
- Pray God’s people will not “grow weary of doing good” but rather look with an expectant hope to His promises of an abundant spiritual harvest (Galatians 6:9).
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