PMT 2017-012 by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra (Christianity Today)
After 32 cases, lawmakers review Yarovaya restrictions on religion. Top courts could follow.
One Sunday morning in August, three policemen came to Don Ossewaarde’s home in Russia, where the Baptist missionary from Illinois was holding his weekly Bible study.
“Afterwards, they took me to the police station and charged me with conducting missionary activities in violation of a new law that took effect on July 20, 2016,” Ossewaarde wrote. “At a court hearing, I was found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of 40,000 rubles, which is over $600.” Continue reading