Christians call day of prayer and fasting as Russian government introduces draconian Soviet era restrictions on religious freedom

28/06/2016 15:10

Christians in Russia have called for a day of prayer and fasting tomorrow (Wednesday 29 June) as the country looks set to introduce draconian new restrictions on freedom of religion similar to those that existed in the Communist era.
Last Friday two members of the Russian Duma (parliament) introduced a series of amendments to anti-terrorist legislation that would require individuals to gain prior state authorisation before even discussing their faith with someone else. The Duma adopted the amendments and tomorrow the bill will be discussed by the Council of the Russian Federation and then be sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The new law will require any sharing of the Christian faith – even a casual conversation – to have prior authorisation from the state. This includes something as basic as an emailed invitation for a friend to attend church. Even in a private home, worship and prayer will only be allowed if there are no unbelievers present. Churches will also be held accountable for the activities of their members. So if, for example, a church member mentions their faith in conversation with a work colleague, not only the church member but also the church itself could be punished, with individuals facing fines of up to 50,000 roubles (£580; USD770; €700). There are also restrictions on the extent to which churches can have contact with foreigners; for example, any non-Russian citizen attending a church service would be required to have a work visa or face a fine and expulsion from Russia.


Heason Church demolished in Hyderabad being reconstructed

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The demolished Heason church at Hyderabad is being reconstructed. Global Council of Indian Christians(GCIC) extends our sincere thanks to the brothers and sisters prayed for the believers and Heason church.We also thank Chief Minister of Telengana and his government for supporting the reconstruction without external obstruction.


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