Russia: Duma To Review Anti-Terror Law


Date:  01/13/2017


by Elizabeth Kendal  

On Thursday 19 January a Working Group formed by the Russian Duma 
(legislative assembly) will meet to revisit Russia's controversial 
Anti-Terror law, also known as the Spring Package or the Yarovaya Law. 
Enacted in July 2016 [see RLPB 365 (8 July 2016)] the law includes 
anti-mission measures that have caused problems for numerous believers, 
particularly Protestants (especially Baptists), as well as ethnic Ukrainian 
and American priests, pastors and missionaries. The law has been heavily 
criticised both internationally and at home. In September President Vladimir 
Putin told his ruling United Russia party that the deeply unpopular law may 
need to be 'adjusted to not put people in a difficult position'. However, 
nothing was done. Stratfor Intelligence notes: 'Instead of hitting the 
streets this time, Russians took to petitioning instead' (12 Jan 2017). 
Hundreds of thousands reportedly signed an online petition and the government 
is aware that if society's concerns are not taken seriously, protests will 
surely follow. After discussing the issues on 19 January, the Working Group 
will submit recommendations to the Duma and to President Putin.  

PLEASE PRAY that our Sovereign Lord will: 

* direct the thinking of the Working Group, the Duma and President Putin - 
gracing them all with wisdom and insight;  

* guide all discussions, recommendations and considerations, to the end that 
religious liberty will be restored. 'The king's heart is a stream of water in 
the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.' Proverbs 21:1 ESV  

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