Posted by: becketfund | September 14, 2007

Belarus: Baptist Fined for Organizing Church Activities

Forum 18 reports that officials in Belarus have fined Viktor Orekhov a sum amounting to nearly two weeks’ wages as a punishment for “the creation or leadership of a religious organization without state registration”, a charge which Orekhov denies. Orekhov, a Baptist, had helped to set up a summer camp for children on private land in Brest, a south-western region of Belarus, after the Baptist community was barred from renting public facilities as it had in previous years. Officials defended the fine as “lenient”, asking, “What European country would tolerate a group of people doing what they like, completely ignoring the state and law?”

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