Nikolai Levin, from Kazakhstan’s Akmola region, has been issued another fine for refusing to pay an earlier fine for leading his religious community, Forum 18 has learned. He is already among many of his fellow Baptists on the exit blacklist in the country, and the home where his church meets is under a restraining order.
Two Protestants from Atyrau have also been prosecuted for “violating the procedure for conducting religious meetings” for drinking tea with other church members after a Sunday service.
Under Kazakhstan’s restrictive 2011 Religion Law, citizens and foreigners resident in Kazakhstan require state permission before they can speak to others about their faith. Those who violate this law can be fined for illegal “missionary activity” – and if they are foreigners, they can also be deported.
Pray for the Christians in Kazakhstan. The above incidents seem to point to a deteriorating situation for them.