Is America ready for true persecution against Christianity? The Russian government is starting to round up and arrest Christian leaders following the passing of a new anti-terrorism law that bans evangelism outside of the church. Sergei Zhuravlyov, with the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested in early August while preaching near the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, reports The Moscow Times.
Zhuravlyov was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity. Law enforcement official later told a local news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of “fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church,” and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. READ MORE