Russia Booting Salvation Army as "Military Organization"

Free bread and soup for the homeless in Moscow may be ending because the Salvation Army is on the verge of being banned there. The ministry, which returned to Russia after being expelled by the Bolsheviks in 1923, is active in 14 cities, running feeding programs for the poor, retirees, and prisoners. The Army has registered with the government in five cities, but has been rejected in Moscow as an unwelcome foreign military organization, according to the Washington Post. Dismissing the Salvation Army as a military group seems to be more than a misunderstanding. "I think there is someone in Moscow that doesn't want us here," Kenneth Baille, head of the group's work in the former Soviet Union, told the Post.