European Court Questions Russia Over Deportations Under Religion Law

(World Watch Monitor)  The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has asked for clarification over how Russia applies its religion law to foreign citizens, reports news agency Interfax.

The case that triggered their interest was that of an Evangelical Christian of Indian descent, who was one of the first people to be deported under the law, which came into effect in July 2016.

Viktor Immaneul Mani, who had lived in Russia for 15 years and has a Russian wife and daughter, was deported in February 2017. He had led a church in Naberezhnye Chelny in western Russia and was prosecuted and forced to leave the country following a statement made to police by a local resident who had visited the church and, after the service, took away a book and religious brochures.

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