NEARLY-80-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER FINED FOR TALKING ABOUT HER FAITH IN CHELIABINSK PROVINCE
Jw-ru.blogspot.com, 1 July 2017
Imagine an elderly woman who is about 80 years old. Strolling along the street she unwittingly chatted with other ordinary people, as many elderly people of such an honorable age do. As a result of her chatting she talked about various subjects, including topics of a religious nature. And the elderly woman, who has broad life experience and her own personal convictions, talked about this with people who did not mind talking with her and sharing their own opinions.
But the prosecutor's office of Cheliabinsk province opened an administrative case against this woman on the basis of part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (Conducting missionary activity with violation of the requirements of legislation on freedom of conscience and freedom of religious confession and on religious associations).
Just imagine, appearing before a judge is a grandmother who is almost 80 years old in whom representatives of law and order saw someone who is just about a hardened criminal. And all of this simply because this elderly woman shared her belief in God and topics she had read in the Bible.
But somebody will say, this cannot be. After all, just about every day we hear statements of Orthodox priests and other believers telling about their faith. Yes, that's so. But the point is that this grandmother does not attend the Orthodox church but as a Christian she is a Jehovah's Witness.
So it was for this reason that the prosecutor's office of Emanzhelinsk instigated an administrative case against the nearly-80-year-old grandmother, whose faith did not please the personnel of the prosecutor's office. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 July 2017)
RETIREE WHO PROCLAIMED JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TEACHING FINED IN CHELIABINSK PROVINCE
Znak Internet Gazeta, 21 June 2017
In Emanzhelinsk a 76-year-old retiree, who spread information about the activity of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses on the street, was fined 5,000 rubles. The press service of the prosecutor's office of Cheliabinsk province told Znak.com that an administrative case was opened against the woman on the basis of part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (Conducting missionary activity with violation of the requirements of legislation on freedom of conscience and freedom of religious confession and on religious associations).
"The prosecutor's office of Emazhelinsk, in the course of a joint inspection with personnel of the territorial police department, established that a 76-year-old local resident in April 2017, in public places in the city, publicly conducted missionary activity, spreading information about the doctrine of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses among people who were not participants (members, followers) of said religious association."
Meanwhile, on 20 April the Russian Supreme Court found the activity of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses to be extremist and prohibited its work in Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 July 2017)
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