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Work was initiated in Russia in 1910 by Colonel Jens Povlsen of Denmark but circumstances necessitated his withdrawal after 18 months. Army operations then recommenced in St Petersbury in 1913 as an extension to the work in finalnd. After the February 1917 revolution the work flourished, Russia became a distinct command and reinforcements arrived from Sweden. As a result of the October revolution they had, however, to be withdrawn at the end of 1918, leaving 40 Russian and Finnish officers to continue the work under extreme hardship until the Army was finally proscribed in 1923.

Salvation Army activities were officially recommenced in Eastern Europe in July 1991, overseen by the Norway, Iceland and The Færoes Territory with the arrival of Lieut-Colonels John and Bjorg Bjartveit.

It became a distinct command in November 1992. Under the leadership of Commissioner Reinder J. Schurink, the work was extended to Ukraine (1993), Georgia (1993) and Moldova (1994). The Army commenced work in Romania in 1999. On 1 June 2001 the command was redesignated the Eastern Europe Command. It was elevated to territory status on 1 March 2005.

1 August 2015 brought about a significant change in the structure of The Salvation Army in Eastern Europe with Russia becoming a command on its own under the leadership of the first Russian officer commanding, Lieut-Colonel Alexander Kharkov.

Territorial Leadership

Lieut-Colonel Alexander Kharkov - Territorial Commander

Major Inna Khurina - Territorial President of Women's Ministries

Major Svetlana Sharova - Chief Secretary

Territorial Headquarters

Khlebnikov Pereulok. Bld. # 7/2

Postal address

Russian Federation
105120 Moscow
Khlebnikov Pereulok

Legal address

Russian Federation
09044 Moscow 
Krestiansky Tupik 16/1

Contact us

Tel: [7] (495) 678 03 51, 5514, 91 60

Email: rus.leadership@rus.salvationarmy.org