Russia Keeps Punishing Evangelicals in Crimea


(Worthy News) – Since annexed the Crimean Peninsula from in 2014—one of the central points of conflict in the current clash between the two countries— Christians in the territory have faced greater government penalties for practicing their .

Like elsewhere in Russia, meeting together to sing and read Scripture or letting others know about a gathering puts believers at risk under a strict 2016 anti-evangelism law. Last year, authorities prosecuted 23 cases of such activity in Crimea, up from 13 the year before, according to Forum 18, which tracks violations in the region.

Evangelical in Crimea received the most penalties. At least nine people from Pentecostal, Baptist, and other Protestant churches were fined for “missionary activity.” [ Source: Christianity Today (Read More…) ]

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