Closer to the Fire with Greg Musselman

Closer to the Fire with Greg Musselman

Season 3: Episode 13 Russia: Evangelical Believers “Fined for Faithfulness”

February 23, 2023

In 2022, Christian activities across Russia – including gathering for worship, distributing Bibles and Christian literature, as well as personal evangelism – were investigated by Russian police and punished as crimes by Russian courts of law. Believers were forced to pay fines and, in most cases, those who challenged the court’s decisions lost their appeals. This trend of mounting opposition against the country’s Christian population is being closely monitored by The Voice of the Martyrs Korea.

Closer to the Fire host Greg Musselman is joined by Dr. Eric Foley, who serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of VOM Korea, to discuss the heightened persecution of evangelical Christians in Russia. Dr. Foley offers insight into how the invasion of Ukraine is affecting Russian believers and addresses how the church is navigating increased challenges amid the ongoing war. Additionally, he provides an update on the growing underground church in North Korea.


Length: 52 minutes

Episode Notes

 To watch the interivew with Dr. Foley

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada | Closer to the Fire - Russia: Evangelical Believers 'Fined for Faithfulness (

The Voice of the Martyrs Korea:


Read VOMC’s latest Persecution & Prayer Alert report on Russia:


The Voice of the Martyrs Canada: