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Baptist pastor Leonid Povarova was found guilty of organizing an unsanctioned rally in Naberezhnye Chelny, when he performed the rite of baptism. This was reported to “Kommersant”.
According to Povarova, at the end of July 2018, he and a group of believers went to a deserted place by the river Kama. Where parishioners were baptized and made tea. The pastor stressed that the event was closed, no slogans, banners and calls to missionary work.
On 22 November, he was detained and taken into custody. According to the court, the participants openly demonstrated their religious beliefs that might cause harm to other citizens. Furthermore, the performance of religious rites in the open water could threaten the life and health of the congregation. The pastor was found guilty of organizing an unsanctioned rally and fined 20 thousand rubles.
The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists has released an open letter in which he accused the police in the deterrence of believers. Members of the Union regarded the incident as an “encroachment on the constitutional rights and freedoms of believers in our country, which inevitably leads to discrimination on religious grounds”.
The President of the international human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov considers that this may be part of a nationwide campaign to persecution of Christians, not pringlei to the ROC. He is confident that the European court of human rights overturned the decision under the accelerated procedure.
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