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RUSSIA: Russia acts against Evangelical movement with international ties

Russia acts against Evangelical movement with international ties

Omon troops break up conference of Protestant Churches in Ramenskoe and arrest up to 200 participants

Novaya Gazeta (03.12.2021) – In Ramenskoe near Moscow police arrived at a conference of pastors of “New Generation”* protestant churches and arrested up to 200 persons. This was reported by Pastor Albert Ratkin in a video on YouTube.

 

The conference began on 1 December. It involved registered and unregistered religious organizations. According to Ratkin it assembled around 200 persons.

 

He described how in the evening of 2 December, OMON troops with automatic weapons stormed the conference and arrested all of the participants.

 

“They laid them face down, like criminals. They beat some. . . They lay on the cold floor for 40 minutes,” Ratkin quoted one of the detainees. He said the security forces collected personal data from the detainees and fingerprinted them. They also demanded that they acknowledge that “election of new leadership was conducted” at the conference.

 

The pastor reported that the believers “were trying to call Latvia and Ukraine.”

 

In August, the office of prosecutor general declared that four religious organizations, which are linked with those countries, were “undesirable in Russia.” They included the New Generation International Christian Movement, the New Generation Evangelical Christian Church, the Spiritual Board of Evangelical Christians of the New Generation Ukrainian Christian Church, and the Religious Academic Institution of the New Generation International Bible College.

 

The reason for declaring them to be undesirable was the conduct of activity that “represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and to the security of the Russian Federation.”

 

After midnight Ratkin reported that the detainees began being released. Indictments were composed for them, but it is not known what article they were based on.

 

*The “New Generation” church organizations are registered in Latvia and Ukraine, but have been declared undesirable in the R.F. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 December 2021)

 

HRWF Comment: Novaya Gazeta got the 2021 Peace Nobel Prize

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Security troops storm “New Generation” pastors’ congress in Moscow suburb (REN TV)

 

Photo:Siloviki went down to the congress of the undesirable movement “New Generation” – Ren TV

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RUSSIA: Belarus refuses to extradite to Russia Jehovah’s Witness

Belarus refuses to extradite to Russia Jehovah’s Witness requesting political asylum

Novaya Gazeta/ Stetson Russia Religion News- (20.10.2021) – https://bit.ly/3E0HKOl – The office of the prosecutor general of Belarus refused to extradite to Russia the Jehovah’s Witness Oleg Lonshakov, Mediazona* reports, citing the press service of the religious organization.

 

In Russia, Lonshakov is accused of creating an extremist organization (part 1, article 282.2 of the Criminal Code) and he has been placed on the international wanted list.

 

The believer was arrested on 29 September in Brest, where he has been for more than a year now on a residency permit. Several days later he was sent to the SIZO until 8 November. The Jehovah’s Witnesses note that at the present Lonshakov has been released from the holding cell.

 

In September 2021, he filed a petition to receive the status of a refugee on the basis of religious confession. The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs has promised to consider it in the coming weeks.

 

In April 2020, the Belarusian prosecutor general’s office also refused to extradite to Russia an adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses from Yugra, Nikolai Makhalichev, who had been arrested at Russia’s request. The believer requested political asylum.

 

Prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia began in 2017 after the decision of the Supreme Court finding this organization extremist. Since then, criminal cases have regularly been opened against its adherents and searches of their homes have been conducted.

 

*The publication has been listed by the Ministry of Justice in the register of news media that perform the function of “foreign agent.”

Photo: allrussias.com

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