6:57 PM - Vladimir Putin Seeks to Silence Bible Believing Christians
Russian Government Seeks to Squelch Churches
Regarding religion, the "Yarovaya law" bans proselytizing, preaching, or disseminating religious materials outside of specially designated places. You can talk about God in your house, as long as there are no unbelievers present. As Christianity Today notes, you will not be able to invite someone to church with an email. This radically relegates Christianity to government-approved buildings at government-designated times. If you break the law, there is a fine of up to $780 for an individual and $15,500 for an organization. Foreign visitors who violate the law face deportation.
A reading of the bill appears to target religious groups outside the government endorsed Russian Orthodox church. David Aikman, history professor and foreign affairs expert, told Christianity Today, "The Russian Orthodox church is part of a bulwark of Russian nationalism stirred up by Vladimir Putin. . . Everything that undermines that action is a real threat, whether that's evangelical Protestant missionaries or anything else."