Technical Inventory Bureau of Minsk issued to the protestant church New Life a technical certificate to the building used for worshipping.
According to the new certificate, the building is regarded as a religious one. Thus, the believers now have the legal right to own it. However, Minsk City Executive Committee plans to appeal against the TIB decision.
The believers of the protestant church New Life believe that the new technical certificate gives them only a respite because Minsk City Executive Committee did not give up on its intention to deprive the believers of the building.
The priests of the protestant communities sent a letter to the Lukashenka administration and to Minsk City Executive Committee in defense of the New Life church believers. They asked the officials to allow the believers to build a new building if they could not leave the old one for themselves. However, the authorities ignored the believers’ request. This year the authorities have already shut down two protestant communities – the Belarusian Church of Evangelical Christians with Ernst Sabila as the pastor, and the Calvinist community with Leanid Lipen as the pastor.