Thursday, May 25, 2006

Forum 18: Russia


The Salvation Army's Russian national registration has been restored, but its Moscow city branch is still unregistered. 'We're waiting on [the European Court of Human Rights in] Strasbourg,' Territorial Commander Colonel Barry Pobjie told Forum 18 News Service. However, the Salvation Army does not face obstruction to its day-to-day Moscow activities, unlike Jehovah's Witnesses in the city, who sometimes face obstruction and are under a local court ban. In contrast, in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the Salvation Army has told Forum 18 that it has not had the registration difficulties faced in Moscow. 'That didn't affect us at all,' Captain Vladimir Tatiosov said, noting that the authorities support the Salvation Army's various social projects. Pentecostal Pastor Viktor Shvedov told Forum 18 that his church can provide social assistance to prisoners, but is unofficially barred from both helping local children's homes and conducting a March for Jesus through Rostov-on-Don city centre.

Before 2005, Rostov-on-Don Pentecostals were able to provide clothes, toys and building materials to children's homes."

1 comment:

DannyHaszard said...

I applaud your blog,know this the Jehovah's Witnesses have no charity and give nothing back to the community like the other churches.-Danny Haszard