Russian Local Authorities Hinder the Building of Evangelical Places of Worship

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(Evangelical Focus) Several religious communities in Russia are losing their places of worship because of “a complex, sometimes contradictory, and often inconsistently applied legislation,” news service Forum 18 reported.

Furthermore, the local authorities do not permit the construction of new churches and mosques, changing local planning regulations or withdrawing permissions part-way through the process.

“Problems may arise at every stage, from the allocation of land and the securing of planning permission, to raising enough money to finish building before permits expire,” Forum 18 said.

According to Vladimir Ozolin, lawyer of the Moscow-based Slavic Center for Law and Justice, “Protestant communities find it practically impossible to get permission to build churches. Therefore, believers are forced to conduct worship services in residential buildings. But that is not a violation of the law.”

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El pastor, Frank Almonte es un reconocido comunicador y productor de medios de comunicación cristianos de la ciudad de Nueva York, donde junto con su esposa Rosemary, han estado pastoreando el Centro Cristiano Adonai por más de veinticinco años. Es Doctor en Divinidades de la Universidad Cristiana Logos en Jacksonville, Florida y en Filosofía (PhD) de Texas University of Theology. Es también entrenador y mentor en The John Maxwell University. Su pasión por ensanchar el Reino de Dios lo ha motivado a escribir varios libros, entre ellos, Gobierno Apostólico y Riquezas de las Naciones.