Russian Authorities Target Christian-Run Projects


By Joseph DeCaro, Correspondent

PETERSBURG, (Worthy News)– organizations in Russia that teach secular may face harassment from government officials, according to Barnabas Aid.

Last month, Russia’s upheld a previous ruling that determined the St. Petersburg’s Harvest Pentecostal wasn’t licensed to teach non-religious education. The decision meant that the church had lost the right to own or rent property, but it intends to appeal the ruling to the European Court of .

Charges were first brought against Harvest Pentecostal because its building contained classrooms with desks. The St. Petersburg City Court later ruled that the church was running an eksternat: an external home schooling program.

However, the church claimed that it merely allowed its building to be used as an eksternat and that it wasn’t involved in any instruction given by a children’s pastor and her assistant on their own time.

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