The first known victims of Russia’s new anti-evangelism laws have been convicted and fined, according to the Forum 18 news service.
Two individuals, one a US citizen and one Ghanaian, have been heavily fined. A Russian citizen, Aleksandr Yakimov, leader of the New Generation Pentecostal community in Mari-Turek, is due in court on August 29.
An earlier case brought against a Hare Krishna devotee resulted in the acquittal of the accused, Vadim Sibiryev.
The legislation was passed by the government of Vladimir Putin to fierce international protests from campaigners who said it was a draconian attempt to stifle religious expression under the guise of clamping down on terrorism. Putin signed it into law on July 6 and Sibiryev was tried on July 28….. [read more]
LHWM Notes: We need to stand in our faith, and stand in Jesus Christ. One man from Russia is making a decision for your life to choose his belief. Do you agree with this? His belief will not get you into heaven. He is not god! The freedom of religion is no more, because they are taking Jesus out. You can express your faith as long as Jesus is not involved. How funny the one person they hate they feel intimated by. The one person they say they do not believe in yet they expend so much energy trying to get rid of Him (Jesus)! GOD IS NOT DEAD!! The time is now Church. What are you going to do?