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In July 2016, Russia passed religion laws restricting "illegal missionary activity" by either citizens or foreigners. This activity could involve speaking to people about religion, or the distribution of either printed, audio or video materials. Between January and June of this year, there have been 42 known prosecutions, resulting in 36 convictions. All those who were convicted received fines.

Most of the recent convictions had not involved religious organizations but rather individuals who were sharing their faith. Those charged were convicted because they did not notify the authorities of the existence of their "religious group," even though they were acting as individuals.

These issues do not only affect Christians but also Muslims and citizens belonging to other religious groups. According to Russia's current laws, individuals or groups engaging in missionary or evangelistic activities of any kind could possibly be subjected to stiff opposition. The Forum 18 news agency has compiled a list of known prosecutions that have taken place within the first six months of 2020. This webpage provides more details.

Prayerfully uphold our brothers and sisters in Russia who are presently encountering opposition for sharing their faith. Ask the Lord to provide for those who have received fines so they will have the resources required to pay the penalties. Pray that the government will respect its citizens' rights for religious freedom by honouring Russia's constitutional guarantees for such privileges. In the meantime, may God's people be encouraged to not "grow weary of doing good" but rather look with an expectant hope to His promises of vindication and abundant spiritual harvest (Galatians 6:9).

Country Information

Population
3,694,755 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African

Religion (%)
Muslim (85.9), Christian (6.4), Hindu (5.7), Other and unaffiliated (2)

Leader
Sultan and Prime Minister Haytham bin Tariq bin Taimul Al-Said (2020)

Government type
Absolute Monarchy

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Anglo-Saxon law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Oman

Pray for spiritual openness, that the gospel might have a powerful impact on all levels and peoples in Oman.

Pray that Christians working in Oman will have opportunities to make meaningful contact with those around them and will share and demonstrate the love of Christ.

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