Posted by: becketfund | March 10, 2008

Russia: Methodist Community Dissolved by Local Government

STARY OSKOL – A Methodist congregation in Stary Oskol, Russia, has been dissolved after the community failed to file a report on their annual activities, Forum 18 reported March 10.  The community explained that, as it was nearly impossible for Protestant congregations in the region to find a suitable legal address, they were unable to submit the report on time.  Following a decision by a regional court on February 29th, the Methodist congregation was stripped of its legal status and is currently only permitted to provide religious instruction “at premises provided by its existing members”.  The community is unlikely to find a way to register again, as local officials forbid the use of a private home as a congregation’s legal address.

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