Religion: A Prophet in Peril

One day a "repairman" visited the home of a pious Ukrainian Baptist in Kiev, supposedly to fix an electric meter. In fact, he was there to install a listening device so that secret police could monitor the premises. Last March 30, when the family's pastor came to the house, police pounced and arrested him for illicit religious activities.

The pastor is Georgi Vins, 46, the best-known leader of 100,000 or more Initsiativniki (Initiators) who have split from the main body of Soviet Baptists. Stubborn and courageous, Vins is the latest in a line of...

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