Evangelicals face another routine crackdown


Luchshee o Taganroge, 4 August 2019


Based on a report from vigilant citizens, personnel of the police and prosecutor's office of the city of Taganrog conducted an inspection of the legality of the operations of a religious organization whose members assembled in a private home located at building 223 on Rosa Luxembourg Street. As a result of the inspection it was disclosed that members of this religious community did not have the necessary registration in the offices of justice, illegally used a private house as a liturgical facility, and also illegally conducted evangelistic work among residents of the city, persistently distributing religious literature on the streets and urging them to attend their services.


Several administrative cases were opened against the leader of the group: for improper use of land (art. 8l8 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF) and for violation of the legislation on freedom of conscience and religious associations (art. 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF).


Naturally, all of this was done not without commercial interest since the obligatory condition of membership in this community is the donation of ten percent of personal income for the needs of the organization. We will add to this a stern prohibition on marriage and even communication with "unbelievers," refusal to perform civil duties, and also the unwavering, absolute authority of the clergyman—and voila! We get the recipe of a classic destructive sect skillfully disguised as a protestant Christian religious association.


We can just be happy that law enforcement agencies, albeit not without the help of the public, finally turned their attention to this abscess on the body of the city, and in the near future its leaders will be occupied with judicial litigation and not with fooling gullible citizens. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 August 2019)

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