Russia’s President Vladimir Putin approved new laws that will broadly prohibit many LDS missionary-related activities, effective July 20th. Preaching, teaching or doing anything to recruit people into a religious group, will likely soon be illegal.
In order to share their religious beliefs, Russians will be required to obtain a special permit from the Russian government. Even with a permit, missionary activities will be restricted to churches and religious sites. Not only will the new restriction affect the public scene, but people will not be allowed to share religion with people privately in their homes, nor online (via email, or websites).
UPDATE: The Church issued this statement today in response to the news: “The Church recognizes a new law will take effect in Russia on July 20, 2016 that will have an impact on missionary work. The Church will honor, sustain and obey the law. Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of these changes. The Church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect.” (view statement on Mormon Newsroom)
Please pray for the people of Russia. I have a deep love for Russians- a lot of my heritage comes from the Poland/Russia area.
For more resources about LDS Missions in Russia visit:
- Russia Moscow Mission
- Russia Novosibirsk Mission
- Russia Rostov na Donu Mission
- Russia St. Petersburg Mission
- Russia Samara Mission
- Russia Vladivostok Mission
- Russia Yekaterinburg Mission