Ridiculous Russia – Lutherans Accused of Extremism by (Post)Soviet Militia in Kaluga

This article was published by F18News on: 23 March 2010

RUSSIA: Lutheran extremists?

By Felix Corley and Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service

After initially denying it, Officer Senichev (who refused to give his first name) of Kaluga Police in central Russia admitted to Forum 18 News Service that eleven armed officers with dogs had interrupted the 28 February Sunday morning service of St George’s Lutheran congregation. “We had a call on the hotline that extremist literature was there. We’re obliged by law to investigate all such calls.” He was unable to specify which Russian law requires the police to respond to anonymous calls.
Senichev was also unable to say why, if extremist literature was believed to be present, police officers conducting a search needed to be armed and accompanied by dogs. Nor was he able to explain why the search was conducted during the church’s Sunday worship service. The preacher at the service, Pastor Igor Knyazev, later wrote an article entitled “How to behave during raids”. Meanwhile, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 that an administrative fine on two members in Krasnodar Region was accompanied by the first official order in post-Soviet Russia to destroy their confiscated literature. Read on…

This article was published by F18News on: 23 March 2010

RUSSIA: Lutheran extremists?

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service <http://www.forum18.org&gt;, and
Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service <http://www.forum18.org&gt;

After initially denying it, Officer Senichev (who refused to give his first name) of Kaluga Police in central Russia admitted to Forum 18 News Service that eleven armed officers with dogs had interrupted the 28 February Sunday morning service of St George’s Lutheran congregation. “We had a call on the hotline that extremist literature was there. We’re obliged by law to investigate all such calls.” He was unable to specify which Russian law requires the police to respond to anonymous calls. Senichev was also unable to say why, if extremist literature was believed to be present, police officers conducting a search needed to be armed and accompanied by dogs. Nor was he able to explain why the search was conducted during the church’s Sunday worship service. The preacher at the service, Pastor Igor Knyazev, later wrote an article entitled “How to behave during raids”. Meanwhile, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 that an administrative fine on two members in Krasnodar Region was accompanied by the first official order in post-Soviet Russia to destroy their confiscated literature.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “Ridiculous Russia – Lutherans Accused of Extremism by (Post)Soviet Militia in Kaluga”

  1. Daca politia nu-si prezinta scuzele public pentru incident inseamna ca Rusia are o problema mare cu toleranta religioasa.

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