A notice at the Moscow City Court says hearings on a proposed ban on Seventh-day Adventist Church would begin in May 2017 as a petition jointly opened by Non Governmental Organizations has receives over 12 million signatures.
The Adventist Church, who has been accused of violating an anti-terrorism legislation with their evangelism ministry, has also being groups with Jehovah’s Witnesses and ISIS as “Extremists and Terrorists” by the various organizations.
Ekaterina, a state attorney says “Russia takes cases of Extremism and Terrorism very serious and a ban is expected to be placed on the Adventists in May”.
The law — part of a package of anti-terrorism legislation — outlines severe restrictions on evangelistic activity in Russia that, among other things, limit religious activity to registered church buildings and prohibit the free distribution of religious literature. Individuals who disobey face fines of up to 50,000 rubles (U.S.$765), while organizations could be fined up to 1 million rubles ($15,250).’