BAPTIST MISSIONARY IN TROITSK FINED FOR PREACHING WITHOUT PERMIT
Kommersant, 2 July 2020
A magistrate judge in Troitsk (Cheliabinsk oblast) fined the leader of a local religious group of the "International Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists" 5,000 rubles. He had not informed the regional department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation about his preaching, the press service of the oblast prosecutor's office reports.
As was determined during a prosecutorial inspection, the missionary did not report to the authorized agency the start of the activity of a religious group in Troitsk. An administrative case was opened against him based on part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (conducting missionary activity in violation of the requirements of legislation on freedom of conscience and religious confession and on religious associations). The defendant was given the minimum fine [less than 70 U.S. dollars—tr.] provided by the sanctions of this part of the article of the administrative code. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 July 2020)
IN TROITSK LEADER OF RELIGIOUS GROUP BROUGHT TO JUSTICE FOR CONDUCTING MISSIONARY ACTIVITY IN VIOLATION OF LAW
Website of the prosecutor's office of Cheliabinsk oblast, 2 July 2020
The prosecutor's office of the city of Troitsk, during an inspection, established that the leader of religious group professing the religious teaching of the "International Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists," while conducting missionary activity, violated the requirements of the federal law "On freedom of conscience and religious associations."
In accordance with legislation, a voluntary association of citizens, formed for the purposes of joint confession and dissemination of faith and conducting activity without state registration nor seeking the status of a legal entity, is a religious group. The leader (representative) of a religious group notifies in written form the agency, authorized to make a decision about state registration of a religious organization, about the start of activity of a religious group and about the place of conducting the religious group's activity.
In violation of the aforesaid requirements, the leader of this religious group did not notify the regional department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation about the start of activity, and because of this the prosecutor opened a case about an administrative violation of law, provided by part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF, against said person.
By a decision of a magistrate judge, he was held administratively accountable in the form of a fine of 5,000 rubles. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 July 2020)
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