Almost four million rubles collected in 2018 for illegal evangelism


SOVA Center for News and Analysis, 6 May 2019


In April 2019, the Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation published statistical data on the application of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (violation of legislation on freedom of conscience and freedom of religious confession and on religious associations) in the year 2018.


According to these data, 419 such cases were considered in the year. Punishment was rendered in 250 cases: 172 individuals and 78 legal entities. In most cases (243), the penalties applied were fines. Five times written warnings were issued and twice the guilty were sentenced to compulsory labor. In addition, in five cases the basic penalty was supplemented by confiscations and in two, by deportation from the country.


The total amount of fines collected under article 5.26 by the end of the year was 3,736,500 rubles. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 May 2019)

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