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Christian Persecution Increasing in Russia

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jan 18
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Russia has dominated much of the news lately, but according to, there are even more pressing reasons to be concerned about Russia than what most news sources are reporting.

Persecution of Christians is increasing in Russia at an alarming rate. Last summer, Russia passed controversial laws that prohibited Christians from evangelizing freely and restricted religious discussions. Shortly following these laws, which are part of the Yarovaya package, Christians began to be prosecuted for engaging in their normal religious activities.

Some Christians were even labelled as “cultists” or “foreign agents.”

These laws have some fearing that Russia is going back to the Soviet era when Christians faced severe persecution.

Emily Taylor of Relevant offers three specific things Christians can do in light of what believers are facing in Russia.

1. Pray for Russian Christians. Pray that they would remain strong in faith and that they would never lose hope.

2. Forgive those who want to punish Christians for their faith. Pray for Russia and its leaders, even though this may be difficult.

3. Learn more about what Russian Christians are facing so that you can pray for specific needs. Learn more about Russian culture as a whole so you can better understand these people.


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Publication date: January 18, 2017