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The new laws will require citizens to secure a government-issued permit in order to share their faith and no proselyting or teaching can take place outside of church buildings and other religious sites. Individuals would not be allowed to share their faith privately in their homes with others or online.
On Mormon Newsroom, the Church released the following statement:
The Church recognizes a new law will take effect in Russia on July 20, 2016 that will have an impact on missionary work. The Church will honor, sustain and obey the law. Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of the law. The Church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect.
Russia has approximately 22,720 members and 7 missions to serve 100 congregations. The first stake in Russia was organized by President Russell M. Nelson in June 2011.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.