Protestants face difficulties over place of meeting


Mediazona, 29 July 2019


A Sverdlovsk oblast court ruled a fine of 100,000 rubles, which was assessed on a Pentecostal religious organization for services in a garden plot, to be legal. This was reported on the website of the court.


In December of last year, the prosecutor's office of Verkh-Isetskii district of Ekaterinburg discovered during an inspection that the religious organization "Tree of Life" was located in the garden cooperative "Zarya." The oversight body determined that the owner of the land was a citizen named Rudakov, who was, at the same time, the pastor of the organization.


"As a result, the land is being used for conducting religious activity, holding regular church and worship services, religious singing, and performance of religious music," the press service reports, noting that the inspection by the prosecutor's office was conducted after complaints of members of the garden cooperative against large worship services.


As a result the chief state inspector of use and protection of land of Ekaterinburg fined the legal entity "Tree of Life Russian Associated Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith" 100,000 rubles, finding it guilty on the basis of part 1 of article 8.8 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law (use of land for other than intended purpose).


A representative of the Rudnikov legal entity appealed this decision at higher instances, which left the decision regarding the fine without change. Rudnikov himself also was fined 20,000 rubles for using the land parcel for other than intended purposes. (tr. by PDS, posted 29 July 2019)

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