Posted by: becketfund | February 28, 2008

Russia: Police Harass Methodist Community

SMOLENSK – Russian state officials have begun to investigate the local Methodist community – at the request of an Orthodox bishop, Forum 18 reported on February 28. Members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Department for the Affairs of Minors, the Department of Education, Organized Crime police and local police have all conducted check-ups on the area’s Methodist church, in order to “check the legality of its activity”. The church was forced to remove missionary college plans from its website, and on January 30 the pastor was detained by the Regional Organized Crime Police and interrogated about his religious unorthodox beliefs.

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