August 14 came into effect the decision of the Economic Court of Minsk to recover from Minsk church "New Life" 249 million rubles in compensation for environmental damage.
July 29 Commercial Court declared capital of the church "New Life" Religious communities Association of Full Gospel Christians in Republic of Belarus guilty of causing damage to the environment — pollution of the territory of the Church of petroleum products. In addition to 249 million "New Life" is required to pay state tax 8,000,000 rubles, which paid for the appeal to the Court of Minsk City Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Commenting BelaPAN judgment immediately after its announcement, the lawyer of the church Sergei Lukanin said that the representatives of the "New Life" plead not guilty, as the samples to check the pollution of land were selected employees of the urban environmental agency without inviting interested parties. "We can not be sure that this is a sample of land from the church, and that they exceeded the rate of pollution", — said the lawyer.
He also noticed that the area around the church previously used state farm named after Kalinin for selgasvytvorchastsi, and then it settled down unauthorized dumping of industrial waste, including old cars.
Lukanin said that the church intends to appeal the decision of the Commercial Court of Appeal.
However, on August 8 by a vote of the faithful, it was decided not to challenge the verdict.
Open voting happened after the performance Lukanina lawyer, who explained that the law allows you to appeal the decision of the Economic Court of Minsk in the three higher courts — appeal, cassation and supervision. Due to the huge amount of the claim for the entire appeal process would have to pay about 17 million rubles of state duty.
On the other hand, said Lukanin, the acquisition of a court decision in force makes it possible to start criminal case for "damage to the land," which threatens to five years in prison pastor Vyacheslav Goncharenko.
Since the budget of the church is formed exclusively by donations from the faithful, the pastor felt it necessary to put the issue to a vote, after which it was decided not to challenge the decision of the Commercial Court.