They starred in a video with an invitation to a religious event at the “Embassy of Jesus” church.
The Office of the Federal Security Service in the Nizhny Novgorod region suspected three more students from Namibia, Malawi and Cote d’Ivoire from illegal missionary activities in Nizhny Novgorod because of the invitation to the local Protestant church “Embassy of Jesus.” This follows from the results of the FSB inspection, sent to the local administration of the Ministry of Justice, which “Rain” has familiarized with .
In a document dated February 20, 2018, it is said that in 2016 the Embassy of Jesus published a video on Facebook with an invitation to a religious event “Encounter”. As “Rain” explained the church spokeswoman Yulia Yermoshina, at such events, participants talk about love, faith and dreams “on the basis of the Bible.”
The video shows four students: 34-year-old David Deborah Kangenge and 20-year-old Msengereza Tingaven from the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, 22-year-old Kpata Evilafo Adel Olivia Romuald of the Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University named after Kozma Minin, as well as a former student of the NGMA Cilesha Maureen from Zambia, who graduated in 2017 and left Russia. In the video, they tell how they were affected by participation in the previous “accounts”. The church has already removed the video.
The FSB claims that young people came to Russia on student visas, and they were not invited to “engage in professional religious activities.” The siloviki came to the conclusion that missionary activity on behalf of the church was carried out without documents confirming the authority.
Lawyer Vladimir Malinin told Rain that in March the regional Justice Ministry drafted a protocol on the administrative violation in parts 3 and 4 of Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code (violation of the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations) concerning the “Embassy of Jesus” missionary activity. The court is considering the case since April 16. Defense insists that the participation of students in the event can not be considered a missionary activity.
David Deborah Kangenge told Rain that she “went to church, but did not hear about the verification and does not engage in missionary work.” Mzenereza Tingavaena said that he did not know about the verification of the FSB. “I heard about what was happening with another student, but did not know that my name was somewhere,” he explained. Up to two other students could not be reached.
In the “Embassy of Jesus” church, they decided not to tell the students about the check until their status is clear. The administration of the regional Justice Ministry did not respond to the request of the publication.
April 24, it became known that a student of a medical college in Nizhny Novgorod from Zimbabwe expelled from Russia for illegal missionary activities. She reposted in the “VKontakte” post with an invitation to the concert of the African gospel in the “Embassy of Jesus.” The court found that the girl was engaged in activities that do not meet the stated goal in obtaining a visa, and thus violated the rules of entry and stay in Russia.