Lawyer Speaks About Foreign Missionaries' Rights in Russia
Lusiko Adamia (Moscow, Russia), lawyer of the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith (Pentecostal), answered the most common questions about the missionary work for foreign citizens in Russia in accordance with the new law about missionary work developed by the State Duma deputy Irina Yarovaya, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
The lawyer stressed that foreign nationals have equal rights as the citizens of Russia regarding the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
Under the law, they have the right "to profess, individually or jointly with others, any religion or no religion, to conduct services, other religious rites and ceremonies, to carry out religious instruction and religious education, to freely choose and to change, hold and disseminate religious and other convictions and act according to them, including creating religious associations."
The lawyer said that foreigners are also entitled to invite people to church or home group, including the usage of social networks. In case of checking by legal representatives, they must make it clear that people are not invited on behalf of the religious association, but based on their own free will, in accordance with the law.
In addition the lawyer said that Christians have the right to assemble in a private home if they are invited by the house owner.
"This is your personal initiative to gather, pray, etc. You are not a representative of a foreign religious organization, nor a representative of a Russian religious organization. You are exercising your right to freedom of conscience and religion under article №28 of the Constitution, Article №3 of the Federal Law 'On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations' and your actions do not fall under article 24.1 of the missionary work, because you are not a representative of any religious union, or religious association."
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