Mormon Missionaries to Stay in Russia Despite New Law
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon missionaries will remain in Russia despite the country's new anti-terrorism law that puts restrictions on religious work. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Friday that missionaries will honor the law, which takes effect July 20.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Thursday that includes a requirement that missionary work be done by people affiliated with registered organizations. The law also states religious work can only be done in houses of worship and other related religious sites.
Missionaries and organizations caught praying and disseminating materials in private residences could be subject to fines of up to $15,500. The law also calls for heightened telephone and social media surveillance. The Mormon church says it will work within the confines of the law.