Belarus: charismatic church told 'your time has run out'

The authorities in Belarus' capital Minsk think they are already legally entitled to take the building, used for worship by New Life Church, Forum 18 News Service has discovered.

Officials have confirmed to Forum 18 that Minsk city has transferred money for New Life's building into the church's bank account, despite New Life's strong opposition. The church continues to oppose state attempts to take its building, and insists that the price offered is 35 times lower than the building's true value.

Aleksandr Kazyatnikov of Minsk Territorial State Property Fund thinks that New Life had until Thursday 5 October to get out of their building.

"Their time has run out," he told Forum 18. Church lawyer Sergei Lukanin thinks that Monday

9 October is when the authorities could begin to try to take the building. However, Nina Gordeyuk of Minsk city's Moscow District Administration thinks that the payment process is not complete.