This headline is neither hyperbole nor a warning of things to come. As of the 20th of July, 2016 essentially all forms of evangelism in Russia are now against the law.  The details outlined in the video above are remarkably reminiscent of the treatment of Christians under the Soviet Union in decades past, but these measures are in fact in effect throughout Russia and have been for the better part of the last two months.

As a watchful Christian we should be prepared for events such as these to begin to occur, nevertheless watching them unfold is a starkly different experience. Let us remember the words of Jesus below and keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in Russian in our prayers!

You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.” 

Matthew 10:18 (NLT)