A court in Minsk has fined seven young Christians the equivalent of two months’ average wages each. The charges were laid against the believers as punishment for talking to others about the meaning of Easter on 15 April, the day before Orthodox Easter Sunday.
The young people were charged with organising ‘a demonstration or mass event’, even though they were merely speaking with individuals on the street. When governing officials were asked to explain the reasons for the arrests and fines, they refused to comment. The Christians were fined the maximum penalty allowable under the statute. It appears that the believers have chosen not to appeal their sentences.
Five of the seven Christians who received charges are members of the New Life Church, which has faced repeated incidents of persecution over the years and was sealed by the authorities in February 2021