Ivan Petrash, the director of camp ministries here, told us about this article. We thought those of you who read Russian might be interested.
The reason that this is particularly interesting is that it's a clear example of the power that one person can wield here if he has the right contacts. One person, acting on the basis of a personal grudge, can get away with outright slander and harm the reputation of a local church, a regional ministry, and a nation wide denomination!
This person has given interviews in local papers, on local radio stations, and culminated with an interview on the government-sponsored regional news channel. The interesting thing here is that if something is in print, on the radio, or especially on the news, very few people will question the truthfulness of the content. Pray that the local pastor involved and the regional Baptist church union would be protected from true harm, and that God would make the truth of this matter known to the whole region.
(Note from Phyllis: In looking for an online translator to recommend here, I just discovered that our friend Evelina wrote about this same article a while ago. She also has a very funny post about an electronic translator. I'll translate the Russian back into English: "My (male) cat gave birth to four kittens, two yellow, one white, and one African-American." )