What is it with Evangelicals?

Russia passed the “Yarovaya laws” on July 7, 2016 making it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside specially designated places.

The new laws require a government permit to engage in proselytizing activities, and it bans those activities outside any registered religious organization, such as a church. Russia has numerous “house churches” — groups that meet in people’s homes, This and unethical activities such as going from house to house to preach and handing out tracts will now be illegal under the new law.

Religious organizations directly affected by the new laws are those with strong evangelization programmes in Russia — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists and other Protestant organizations with Baptist, Pentecostal and independent Christian roots. Some of these are not planning to leave the country.

Only about 1 percent of the Russian population is Protestant; the majority religion is Russian Orthodox Christian.

Source: Churches to Russia: We are not leaving. RNS, 12th July 2016. http://religionnews.com/2016/07/11/u-s-churches-to-russia-were-not-leaving/

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