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In Russia an Orthodox priest called Protestants enemies

05/14/2017

In the Khanty-Mansiysk Okrug, an Orthodox priest declared Protestants enemies who "prevented victory" in the Great Patriotic War. A human rights activist Konstantin Andreev wrote about this on his Facebook page, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.

A Protestant church pastor from the village Ugut of the Surgut district of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug told Andreev what happened.

During a rally dedicated to Victory Day (May 9), the local Orthodox priest spoke. He congratulated the audience on the victory and, as befits a priest of his confession, noted that "it would be necessary to keep the Orthodox faith," with which actually no one argued.

"The father continued to insist, meaningfully informing the audience that there are many 'different kinds of people in Russia today,' and among them there are those who 'prevented our victory- namely, Pentecostals, Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses ...,'" said Konstantin Andreev.

After the rally, the local district police officer came to the pastor and told the Protestant clergyman that his faith was "banned on the territory of the Russian Federation." He asked for his passport and proceed to the Police Station of Ugut.

"At the police station, the policeman approached the case in detail, professionally and with the characteristic sharpness of a service man" before finally banning "the representative of a wrong faith," then called and consulted someone, and then ... told the pastor that his faith… "is not forbidden," so he can go home and continue to believe. But the explanation from the pastor still took place, asking (for good) to deliver the "documents" on the next day: the charter, the certificate of the "Protestant priest" and what else is ..." explained the lawyer.

Konstantin Andreev announced his intention to write a motivated written response to a request and a complaint to the prosecutor's office in connection with the incident and urged Christians to pray about this situation.

Konstantin Andreev is a former chief bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Russia, an ancestor of jurisprudence, member of the Expert Council of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Public Associations and Religious Organizations. In connection with the adoption in Russia of the so-called "Yarovaya law," Konstantin Andreev is active in protecting Christians accused of illegal missionary activities.

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