MOSCOW, RUSSIA. On July 22, 2013, Evangelical pastor and President of the Russian Evangelical Christian Union Rev. Alexander Semchenko had a court hearing in Moscow. The court extended his house arrest until October 24, 2013. Though Semchenko is charged with economic fraud charges, Christians leaders in Russia believe that he is persecuted by the government because of being one of the major Protestant spokesmen in the country. In 1983, Semchenko was imprisoned by authorities in the USSR for printing of Christian literature.
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