|Persecution Type:||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader:||President Vladimir Putin|
Christians in parts of Russia dominated by Islam report the highest level of Christian persecution. Often, Christians who have converted from Islam face pressure and discrimination from their families, communities and surrounding cultures. Additionally, an increase in state control has resulted in more tight controls for any Christian denomination seen as non-Russian, which means evangelical churches are often regarded with suspicion. The government continues to pass more restrictive legislation on religious freedom.
Many ethnic Russians in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia have left due to fighting, and churches have seen membership numbers drop. Russian Orthodox churches experience the fewest number of problems from the government., while unregistered churches active in evangelism may face obstructions in the form of surveillance and interrogation.
It is the indigenous Christians who converted from Islam and live in Muslim-majority regions that bear the brunt of persecution—from both family/friends and the local community. In some areas, these believers must keep their faith secret for fear of being executed.
On February 18, 2018, an Islamic militant attacked a Russian Orthodox group in Kizlyar, Dagestan. Five female Christians were killed while another five were injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, but the statement provided no evidence to support the claim.
On May 20, 2018, Islamic militants attacked the Russian Orthodox Archangel Michael Church in Grozny, Chechnya, killing one believer. The church’s priest, Father Sergiy, said churchgoers heard shots outside and chants of “Allahu Akbar” meaning “Allah is greatest.”
Law enforcement agencies are increasing pressure on Protestants in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Judges fined and ordered the deportation of two African Christians at Nizhny Novgorod’s medical academy for appearing in or reposting videos on a social media network. The two deported students were permitted to stay in the country to complete their final exams but were required to leave by June 30, 2018, according to Forum 18.
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