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Putin’s Russia and Persecution

October 23, 2009

Make no mistake about it, ever since Vladimir Putin took the reins of power in the Russian Federation, he has been moving it back to the old Soviet-style mode of governance as evidenced by this report from Voice of the Martyrs:

VOM-USA Prayer Update for October 23, 2009

On Wed. Oct 21 2009 at 08:19 AM Moderator wrote:

RUSSIA — Pastors Fined for Worship — Forum 18 News

Recently, two Baptist pastors in Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad were fined 2,200 rubles (US $75) after their church members “sang psalms and spoke about Christ” on the street, according to Forum 18 News Service. Kaliningrad police told Forum 18 News that the pastors did not get permission in advance to sing, as required by law. Asked why permission is necessary, a police official replied, “That’s the law in Russia!”

Aleksandr Legotin, one of the two Baptist pastors, insisted that the Baptists held a religious service and not a demonstration, so the legal requirement to notify the authorities in advance should not have applied. “We follow the law very carefully,” he told Forum 18 News. “And under the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights], we have the right to freedom of conscience. The law should be … protecting us from such arbitrariness.”

At last report, the pastors had not decided whether they would appeal the fine. The Voice of the Martyrs encourages you to pray for believers in Kaliningrad and other countries in Europe where their freedom to worship freely is coming under attack. Ask God to encourage and protect them.

Romans 8:34–36

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