Belarus Pastor Facing Criminal Charges As Police Raid Churches

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos lukashenko1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Christians say a pastor in southeast Belarus may face criminal charges after police raided his church venue during a Sunday worship service as part of a wider government crackdown on devoted believers in the autocratically-ruled former Soviet nation.

Ukraine Christians Mourn Killed Church Workers Amid Crackdown

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife slaviansk-brothers_0 KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in eastern Ukraine are mourning the death of four local church workers and a pastor who were killed in separate attacks by pro-Russian separatists as part of a wider crackdown on evangelicals in the war torn region, BosNewsLife learned.

BREAKING NEWS: Belarus Orders Evangelical Church To Evict Building; Pastor Hospitalized

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent at BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BuildingMINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Belarus have ordered the country's largest evangelical congregation to evict its building in Minsk and there are concerns over the health of its pastor, the church confirmed Friday, June 14.

NEWS ALERT: Belarus Not To Evict Massive Evangelical Church

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- One of the largest evangelical congregations in Belarus confirmed Wednesday, December 5, that authorities at the last moment decided not to evict them from their building, following years of judicial wrangling.

Evangelicals in Belarus and Kazakhstan Detained, Beaten, Fined

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest ASTANA/MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Evangelical Christians in Belarus and Kazakhstan faced increased pressure Friday, October 21, to halt unauthorized worship services after pastors were fined and churches raided in the former Soviet republics.  

NEWS WATCH: Belarus Denies Torture Of Political Prisoners

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent, BosNewsLife MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Belarus has denied allegations of large-scale torture in a secret service jail for political prisoners. The statement comes after a just-released former presidential candidate and a leading activist spoke to reporters about the alleged mistreatment of inmates.

Belarus Pastor Fined, Church’s Bank Account Frozen

By Joseph C. DeCaro, BosNewsLife International Correspondent
MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A pastor in Belarus was fined for alleged unsanitary conditions at his church's summer Bible school while another church in Minsk must exist without a legal bank account, BosNewsLife learned Tuesday, November 16.

EU Ambassadors Discuss Belarus Threats To Close Megachurch

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife newlife1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- European ambassadors to Belarus have met with the leader of New Life Church in the capital Minsk to discuss “threats” from authorities to "destroy" one of the country's largest evangelical churches by confiscating its building, a former cowshed, church officials said in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife Thursday, August 27.

Protestants Protest Religious Restrictions In Belarus

By BosNewsLife News Center lukashenko1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Some 50 Protestant pastors, many of whom were punished for religious activities, have written to President Aleksandr Lukashenko complaining of long-standing restrictions, an advocacy group said Tuesday, August 25.

Belarus Threatens To Close Down Evangelical Church

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest lu1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- An evangelical church in the Belarus' capital Minsk faced uncertainty Thursday, July 16, as authorities threatened to close it because a foreign pastor preached at a worship service.

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