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Russia: dozens of ‘missionary activity’ convictions in first half of 2020

St Isaacs Cathedral in Russia, Saint-Petersburg.(Photo: Unsplash/ISchelkanov)There were dozens of prosecutions for "missionary activity" in the first half of 2020 in Russia.  There were 40 prosecutions of individuals and two of organisations, with 36 resulting in convictions and fines, Forum 18 reports.  They were convicted under Article 5:26 of Russia's July 2016 Administrative Code, which criminalises... Read more

‘This Activity Is Unlawful’: California Church Fined $10,000 for Singing, Meeting Indoors

'This Activity Is Unlawful': California Church Fined $10,000 for Singing, Meeting Indoors A pair of California churches has been fined several thousand dollars for violating health restrictions and conducting indoor worship services during the pandemic.North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., was fined $10,000 by Santa Clara County for conducting two indoor worship services that included... Read more