(Evangelical Focus) — The main theological training centres of the Pentecostal Union and the Baptist Union in Russia have been forced to stop their activities.
According to a Forum 18 report, Russian evangelical Christians see the increase of control over these kind of institutions as “a means by which the authorities are attempting to curtail their activities and place them under even greater official scrutiny.”
The Russian Pentecostal Union’s Eurasian Theological Seminary was obliged to stop offering certificated courses when its licence was annulled in November 2018 after a series of court cases brought against it by the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science Rosobrnadzor over the administration of its undergraduate theology degree.
The seminary had to stop offering all its degree and diploma courses. It is currently in the process of applying for a new licence, Pentecostal Union lawyer Vladimir Ozolin told Forum 18. This is the only way it will be able to resume operating fully.