Belarus is considered the last European dictatorship. It’s located in the thick of the old USSR and still is prey to much of the old Communist policies. The same president has been presiding over Belarus since 1994 using underhanded tactics to remain in office. Belarus has been ranked lowest in Europe on the Democracy Index.
Here is an excerpt from Voice of the Martyrs, Canada:
Although Christians account for almost 71 percent of the population (mainly Orthodox), there is very little religious freedom despite its guarantee in the constitution. A law passed in 2002 makes non-registration of religious congregations illegal, and registration is a tedious, expensive and occasionally impossible process. Officials frequently use the media to insult religious minorities by belittling their beliefs and attempting to incite hostility against them. Protestants in particular have seen the government’s stance go from antipathy to outright hostility.
Please pray for the freedom of Christians in Belarus. Pray for strength and perseverance and for the love of Christ to flow through them towards the government officials who restrict their worship. For more detailed prayer requests, visit my persecution blog.