In Russia, the court acquitted a pastor accused of illegal missionary work in social networks – Your Bible

Youth pastor of Church “Word of life” Konstantin Sitenkov were charged post on a social network “Vkontakte”, which is posted at his request, reports the Christian megaportal invictory.com with reference to the press service of Roshi.

June 22, the magistrate court plot № 3 of the city of Kaluga acquitted and closed the case. According to directly participating in the process of head of legal Department of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Pentecostals) Volodymyr Ozolina, the important role played by timely appeal of the pastor for help to lawyers.

“From a Protocol on administrative offense was that third of March in 18 hours 30 minutes citizen Simonenko, being in the city of Kaluga, at the request of pastor Constantine Sitenkov posted a message in the group “Dream in Action” the social network “Vkontakte” as follows: “a Youth pastor of Church “Word of Life” in Kaluga Konstantin Sitenkov have prepared for you a very important message, rather see it”. This material was presented without the full name of the religious organizations”, — said Vladimir Ozolin.

According to him, this is another case of a trumped-up case, because the “violation” was reflected in the fact that the pastor Konstantin Sitenkov, having the appropriate permission to carry out missionary activities somehow violated the law.

“Many will ask, where does the youth pastor, because the material was posted by another person? The fact of the matter is that the pastor is not the subject of the offense! Moreover, he posted a message on the social network is not a missionary activity without aggregate number of signs, — said the lawyer. — And even more about how the marking material is it? This requirement applies only to the activities of religious organizations”.

This was the basis of our position of counsel of the pastor. But above all, according to Ozolina, the court’s attention was drawn to the fact that the period of bringing to administrative responsibility for this category of cases is three months from the time of the offence. By the time of the hearing in the court this term has expired. The court took the motion to dismiss in connection with the expiration of the limitation period and ruled on the termination of the proceedings.

“In this regard, I wish to reiterate that in the case of claims on the part of law enforcement in the first place you should turn to lawyers who, after analyzing the situation, choose the most appropriate protection solution. It was a timely intervention in the case of a lawyer Roshi allowed to achieve a lawful and reasonable decision” — called Vladimir Ozolin..

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