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100 times over, just by working for Soviet companies and industries. We are
slaves, there is no other country where they pay workers less than in the Soviet
We have large families, up to 5, 10, even 15 children. In such cases the mother
cannot work, therefore there is only one bread winner in the family until the
children reach an employable age. It is dubious what type of a plush life a
family of 15-17 can lead when the provider receives a monthly salary of 80, at
the most 100 rubles.
This is a half hungry existance, yet we bare it, and continue to do 80. How can
we save any money? But then what about the years of imprisonment, disappointments,
years of the destruction of our families, years of unbarable tragedies. And now,
when we finally want to rid ourselves of the guardianship of the Soviet govern
ment, they demand us to pay 500 rubles for an exit permit and an additional 500
rubles for turning in our passports. This totals 1000 rubles per adult person, per
family. What therefore does this mean? This is a method by which they attempt to
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retain us poor christians, without any future.
"Help us, adster delegates!" Please make your statements and protests known
to the Soviet authorities, because they do not answer our inquiries. And ir
possible, reach an agreement amongst your representatives and redeem us from
our slavery. We will pay you back, double, even triple the amount, thanking
God for your generosity and grace to us.
With much respect to you,
Signed: Christians-Pentecostals and Baptists
The Russian original was compiled by Eugene Brusenden, •
This document is a compilation of materials which both
Due to the length of the original, the attached English
Pentecostals first appeared in Russia in the beginning of the 20th C., mainly in Western and Central Ukraine, The actual and real spread of this religious movement occured in 1924, when an American preacher from the United States, Ivan Yofimovich Voronaev, came to Aussia. In 1928, Vorona.v was arrested and not his death in prison, when fuard dogs tor. him to piecos during his daily walk in the courtyard. Arrosts began of other religious loaders, preachers and civilians. The Pentecostal magazino was banned and goneral persecution of Pentecostalo bogan. Large arrests wer: uado particularly in 1937, 1939, 1946, 1949, 1953 and 1961, concentrating on presbytors, deacons and preachers who did not ögre. to conditions put bofore them by the atheists. In 1946, an attempt on the part of the Soviet authorities was made to form a Union of Baptists and Pentecostals. However, this Union was not planned to look out for the interests of the Believers, but on the contrary, was to employ those in the Union, to the benefit of the atheistic govornmont. The majority of the leaders of tho Pentecostals who were tricked into joining this Union, quickly undorstood what awaited them and withdrew from thi. Union with their parishioners. This group numbered 170,000. Only some 30,000 remained in this Union. Those loaders who withdrew their membership from the Union wero immediately arrested and imprisoned. The situation of the Pentecostals in the Soviet Union who do not belong to the Union, now called "Yo. Kh.B.", is extremely difficult. Those Pentecostals are not permittod to form their own Union. For the least amount of doubt that a group is forming a Union, they are imprisoned, be it truth or just a suspicion. Thoy are charged with various felonies, for example, those arrusted were: i. Fedotov (from the ciyy of Kaluga) and Belykh and Levchuk; all now exhiled. Also, Vaschenko (city of Nakhodka) and Bedash (city of Piatikhatka) are now under house arrest.
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In the U.S.S.R., there are no Houses of Worship for the Pentecostals. Therefore they must noot in private homos. They ar. liable to be fined and brought to court for every such mooting. The Pontecostal sect is officially banned. Pentecostals are denied not only roligious rights, but civil rights:
1. Right to work
Preedom of conscience
Bearing in mind the above, the activities of P. Shatrov, (who is officially sanctioned by the KGB) during his travels in the U.S.S.R. and abroad aro dubious. Ho deceives everyond. Proof of this lie, in the fact that thousands of roligious loaders are in prisons and in canps, from Lithuania all the way to the Par Last.
The circumstances of the Pentecostals in the U.S.S.R. can bo compared to the life of the Jews in Egypt. These circumstances brought to the minds of Pentecostals the thought to emigrate from the Soviet Union, just as the Jews in Beypt. The situation of the Pontecostals has been brought to the attention of all possible official organs of the Soviet Union, however, they do not ansvor. Such polonics have been going on since the 16th of March, 1973.
I, Eugen. Brosendon, an officially authorized by the Pentecostal communities in the Soviet Union to ask the population of the World to interveno on the behalf of the Believers in the Soviet Union, which is in full accordance with what the Soviet Union promisod at th. Helsinki Hearings in the Holsinki Accords. The Soviet Union promised to ensur. Human Rights. Either the governmont of the Soviet Union ansuro religious froodom to the Believers or permits the Believers to emigrate to any non-communist country.