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Belarus mapPastor Antoni Bokun, who was arrested and fined on May 28 for holding an "unsanctioned mass meeting" (click here for more details) received a three-day prison sentence on June 4 for leading a worship service without state permission the previous day. According to Forum 18, the day he spent in detention following his June 3 arrest is considered part of his sentence. Bokun is scheduled for release on June 6.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Belarus, go to the Belarus Country Report.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
9,477,918 (July 2020 est.)

Religion (%)
Orthodox (48.3), Catholic (7.1), Other (3.5), None (41.1)

Ethnicity (%)
Belarusian (83.7), Russian (8.3), Polish (3.1), Ukrainian (1.7), other (2.4), unspecified (0.9)

Leader
President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1994)

Government type
Presidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship

Legal system
Civil law system.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Belarus

Pray for increased freedom of religion – not only indicated as mere written words in the country’s constitution but also demonstrated as a living reality in the lives of the oppressed believers. May there be a lifting of restraints on evangelical groups in their efforts to spread the Gospel and plant new churches.

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