Mormons receive petty punishment for posting parishioners' names


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 21 October 2016


On 19 October 2016 on the official website of the prosecutor's office of Omsk province and also in a number of news media, information was posted that the chairman of the local religious organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the city of Omsk (hereinafter "Religious organization") was held administratively accountable for "distributing private information about parishioners."


In fact, in June of this year the prosecutor's office of the October administrative district of Omsk conducted a verification of the activity of the Religious organization, during which on the bulletin boards of the premises that it used was discovered the "Code of conduct in a class of the institute," which had been personally signed (with complete family name, personal name, and patronymic) by participants in this form of study of religion conducted by the Religious organization, and also an "Awards letter," containing the names of members of the jury of one of the events conducted by the Religious organization. Posting of such information in a place that was generally accessible for members of the Religious organization was regarded by the prosecutor's office of the October administrative district of the city of Omsk as a violation by the Religious organization of article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF.


As the result of the consideration of the administrative material, a magistrate judge of judicial precinct No. 65 of the October judicial district issued the lowest possible sanction of the chairman of the Religious organization in effect, in the form of a warning.


Representatives of the Religious organization are in the process of a judicial appeal of this decision by the magistrate judge. (tr. by PDS, posted 25 October 2016)

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