Defending Christians in Russia

Defending Christians in Russia

In response to a new law that restricts Christians' ability to evangelize in Russia, the Slavic Centre for Law and Justice (SCLJ), an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has organized a special webinar today for those in Christian service and those with concern about how to continue working for the Gospel in Russia. The SCLJ released the following details regarding their committment to "continue defending Christians around the globe to ensure their rights to share their faith are protected,"

On July 20, 2016 changes to Russian federal law “on the freedom of conscience and religious institutions” were put into effect, as well as other legislation which established a new manner of carrying out missionary work in the Russian Federation. A number of restrictions on missionary work were introduced and legal liability was put in place for the violation of these new laws.

At the request of Russian religious associations, on July 18 we held an open webinar in our center concerning questions on the practical application of the new conditions for the carrying out of missionary work. More than 3,500 participated in the webinar.

Taking into account that the changes to the law that were introduced established a special procedure for foreign missionaries, which law applies to those living in Russia and those who come into the country temporarily, as well as in answer to the many requests directed at our firm, on August 3, 2016 at 18:00 Moscow time (11:00 Eastern) in the Slavic Center for Law and Justice an open webinar with live English translation will be held for foreign religious organizations and foreign citizens who are living or coming to Russia.

“The new order for the carrying out of missionary work by foreign citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation.”

The webinar will include:

  • A review of the changes in Russian legislation concerning the freedom of conscience and the activities of religious institutions.
  • How the new law defines “missionary activities.”
  • The new criteria that foreign citizens must abide by in order to carry out missionary activities in the Russian Federation.
  • The rights and duties of foreign citizens in the implementation of missionary activities in the Russian Federation.
  • The liability that foreign citizens have for violating the law concerning missionary activities.
  • How to correctly carry out missionary work in Russia without breaking the law and at the same time fulfilling the most important Gospel commandment, which is to “go forth and teach.”

Register to view this FREE webinar here(Live English translation will be provided).

The ACLJ has organized a grassroots petition effort on their website calling on Congress to protect persecuted Christians worldwide, gathering over 245,000 pledges of support:

To Congress:

The worldwide persecution of Christians is on the rise. They are imprisoned, tortured, and even brutally killed for their faith. America must do more to defend them. Stop funding persecuting nations and take decisive action to protect Christians. 

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