U.S. Baptist Minister Arrested, Convicted Under Missionary Activity Law

Country: Russia

Date of incident: August 14, 2016

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental



Donald Ossewaarde was arrested on August 14th as he conducted a bible study group in his home. He is first foreign missionary to be charged with violating Russia's law banning missionary activity outside officially registered church buildings.

Pastor Ossewaarde was accused of posting two bible tracts to a bulletin board in the entrance of an apartment building. He denied having done this.
After his his arrest, Pastor Ossewaarde was brought to a court where he was summarily convicted and fined 40,000 rubles (about 550 euros).
Source: EWTN Great Britain