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Smolensk Russia - smOn June 10 Russia's Supreme Court ruled that a Smolensk Regional Court decision to dissolve a local Methodist church in late March for having a Sunday school (click here for more details) was "unlawful and without foundation," according to a June 30 report from Forum 18. Local Christians consider the ruling a crucial development for religious organizations. Other Bible schools, however, continue to fight liquidation on similar grounds. The Light of the World Pentecostal Church in Samara is facing closure for adult religious classes. That case has been sent to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg but no admissibility decision has yet been made.

For more information about the persecution facing Christians in this country, visit Russia's Country Report.

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