With persecution now ended, Protestants in Russia sputter along, pastor says

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Victor Ignatenkov, left, who pastors Central Baptist Church in Smolensk, Russia, is traveling the U.S. with Ellen Smith, a Presbyterian missionary and translator, learning churches' best practices and discussing religion in post-Soviet Russia. Photo courtesy of Ellen Smith

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) After perestroika, Russians couldn't get enough evangelical preaching. These days, Ignatenkov said, people are indifferent.