Supreme Economic Court deprives Protestants of their church

2009 2009-01-13T19:24:33+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

The Supreme Economic Court ruled that the parish of Minsk Protestant Church New Life must leave its building.

In 2002 the believers bought a cow-shed at the outskirts of Minsk and reconstructed it into a temple at their own expense. In 2005 Minsk authorities prohibited any divine services there and in 2006 decided to take the building away from the owners, for which about $17 000 was put on the church account as compensation. According to the ruling of Minsk authorities, the believers were to have left the building by 9 October 2006.

Instead, the believers started a 23-day hunger-strike of protest. As a result the case was passed to the Supreme Economic Court that abolished the earlier rulings for the evictions of the believers. The trial has lasted till recently.