25 years of exile believers on religious grounds of the former Soviet Union to the United States

Vitaly Futornyi,

… «Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and otherwise wrongfully revile for me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You — the salt of the earth. But if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men … «(Matf.5 :10-14)

«And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, from the house of bondage, for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of there …» (Iskh.13 3)

In 2013, in the history of the evangelical movement in Russia and abroad, there is an important date — the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the freedom of mass emigration of believers on religious grounds of the former Soviet Union. In 2013 also marks the 50th — anniversary of the beginning of human rights activities of Christians and Protestants fighting for the right to outcome — emigration. The final point of the struggle for freedom of religion and the outcome was delivered on August 5 1988 report by Boris Perchatkina in the U.S. Congress. For 25 years, more than 500,000 Christians in the Soviet Union moved to the United States.

August 5, 1988, after a report by Boris Perchatkina in the U.S. Congress adopted a law on emigration to the United States on religious grounds. This date is considered the official start of a mass exodus of believers from the USSR. Biography B.Perchatkina played a key role in the manifestation of the attention of the American people and government to the position of Protestants seeking refuge in the United States, «- said the Chairman of the Commission of the U.S. Congress — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer.

loaded (3)The Association of Former Prisoners of Conscience in the USSR, which is chaired by the minister, human rights activist and author of the persecution of Christians in the Soviet time «Fire Trails,» Pastor Boris Perchatkin known that experienced severe persecution for their faith and for human rights activities in the Soviet Union, and after the , emigrated to America, he continued to work to protect the rights of believers in the Soviet Union. Largely because of his work was made possible mass migration of Protestants from the CIS countries to the United States.

The United States joins with the international community to mark World Refugee Day, just in time recall the persecution and suffering of those who are forced to leave their homes. Our commitment to protecting and assisting refugees is deep and constant, it is part of the history of our country, «- said in a statement, the U.S. State Department.

Historical information. In 1963, Basil and Theodore Patrushev Sidenko began work to protect the church from persecution and the right to freedom of emigration for religious reasons, in 1965, they, after severe torture in the dungeons of the KGB (who became disabled) were transported to watered-camp. By 1978, ten thousand believers Pentecostals, Baptists and Sabbatarian included in the list of the U.S. Congress, as the signed statement for an appeal, «Let my people go.» (Authors NP Goretoi, VS Shilyuk, BG Perchatkin) Ten thousand of its signature (at the risk of life and liberty) said the godless regime — no! No one knew then that the price of the outcome — it is ten painful, disturbing, but the heroic years, and where the battle front line ran through the soul and the mortal body of prisoners of the Gospel, which savaged the enemy prisons, camps and broken lives of our families.

August 5, 1988 Boris Perchatkin speaking in Congress said the following: From this podium, speaking to you, and ask for the doomed! Now for your solutions! Please remember! We in the Soviet Union to the belief — are considered criminals are 70 years old! We are escorted by: Penalty! Prohibitions! Links! Camp! In the past shootings! Our destiny! This is the future of our children! «. There has never been a period when a State which declared war on God. This period has fallen to our lot. In view of this, there is no family of hereditary Protestants are not victims of communism, according to the website www.perchatkin.com

The suffering of the faithful and their faithfulness to God amazed the U.S. Congress and arranged them to open the doors of emigration. The Soviet Union collapsed. But time is — always the time it takes, and with it go people — members of invisible battles and fights with the «Evil Empire.» But the day is not far off — and between us will not become heroes of the faith of our time, the story goes with them. We must know and remember these events and to share this memory to our children. Christian immigrants with refugee status for religious beliefs should be aware that the right of residence in the United States paid prisons, links, camps, tears and blood of believers suffering for the freedom of the Gospel, for the name of Christ — note the human rights organization American-Russian Relief Center, referring to the Christian community.

Boris Perchatkin, human rights activist representing the Slavic immigration on religious grounds in the U.S. government, with regret today lowest legal, civil and human rights position of the Slavic immigration in general, which is directly proportional effect on the spirituality of the churches and the community, social and anti-religious policy towards those who believe in the former countries of the Soviet Union and the United States. On the other hand, historically, there is a separation of churches, because of the once active campaigning, recruitment of KGB agents, anti-religious propaganda during the Soviet regime, which subsequently by a number of ministers in the United States dominates the opposition and opposition pressure against B.Perchatkina and pravozaschitnoydeyatelnosti. Today, when the question for the conservation status of a refugee for the CIS countries, particularly in Asia, where Christians are persecuted Protestants, B.Perchatkin, human rights activists urged the faithful strive to religious freedom and promote human rights work.

Recall that the «Lautenberg Amendment» was added to the bill in 1989 in order to facilitate the emigration of refugees in the United States, were persecuted at home for their religious and political views. President George W. Bush signed an amendment not only marked the whole group, (mostly Jews) which can lay claim to the status of refugees, but also for the first time in the history of American immigration law has allowed these people to seek such status while still in their home country. Recall that the duration of the «Lautenberg Amendment», which allows believers and some groups of the population in the former Soviet Union to receive refugee status in the U.S. expires. And thanks to the efforts and advocacy B.Perchatkina amendment periodically extended for some period of time. The future of refugee status for Russian-speaking immigrants now depends on active citizenship Slavic immigration in general.



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