In Russian-occupied Crimea in 2018, there were 23 prosecutions brought against individuals for ill-defined "missionary activity," of which 19 ended with punishment, Forum 18 has found. Many of those punished were prosecuted for sharing their faith on the street or for holding worship at unapproved venues. Cases against two more were due to be heard in mid-January 2019. This represents a doubling of such cases in the Crimean peninsula since the first year such punishments for "missionary activity" were imposed. July 2016 to July 2017 saw 13 known cases of which eight ended in punishment.
"Crimean Anti-Religious Persecution in 2018 and 2019,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 39
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol39/iss6/5