Date: September 27, 2012
Pastors fined and harassed in Russia
(Source: Forum 18 News Service)
Aleksandr Kravchenko, a Russian pastor, has been fined for conducting religious worship without state approval. He is the first religious leader in Russia known to be fined under the country's new Demonstrations Law. Pastor Aleksandr insisted in court that advance notification is not legally required for religious events.
In Moscow, Pastor Vasily Romanyuk may be prosecuted for holding an "unapproved meeting" after he led Sunday worship at the ruins of his church. His church was demolished by authorities earlier this month (for more, go to www.persecution.net/ru-2012-09-13.htm).
Meanwhile, in the country's north, police raided a Sunday morning church service at a hall believers have rented for over two years.
Please pray that these Christian leaders will continue to witness boldly for the Lord. Pray that they will rely on the Lord to give them the words to say when they stand before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19). Pray that Christians throughout Russia will not be deterred from spreading the message of Christ's forgiveness and redemption.
To learn more about the suffering of our Christian family in Russia, go to www.persecution.net/russia.htm.