Wednesday, 2 September 2009

"New Inquisition" in Russia: Christian communities appeal for help!

Dear Mr. Peter Zoehrer - secretary general of FOREF Europe,

On behalf of Russian Evangelical Churches and thousands of believers throughout Russia we appeal to you to attract your attention to an outstanding situation we have today in the area of religious freedom and human rights in Russia.

In April 2009 Ministry of Justice of Russian Federation founded a Committee on Religious Expertise. The Committee has the right to control and monitor activities of already registered religious organizations. In fact they are persecuting those who are not of the Orthodox Christian Faith. The Committee members have the right to speak out on behalf of the Russian Government and give recommendations to the Enforces of the Law to persecute Evangelical religious organizations. Now our freedom of consciousness and belief is put under this Committee’s decisions. The same measures were only delegated to the Committee on Religion during the Soviet regime. 

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