World Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

22:02  20 april  2017
22:02  20 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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The Russian Supreme Court could declare the Jehovah ' s Witnesses an extremist organization in a In 2015, the Russian Federation banned the Jehovah ’ s Witnesses ’ website JW.org, and Other minority Christian groups in Russia , like evangelicals, have not yet faced the same level of scrutiny.

MOSCOW — State news agency RIA Novosti says Russia ’s Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the city court in Birobidzhan to ban the Jehovah ’ s Witnesses , a decision that comes amid proceedings on a Justice Ministry suit to ban the religious organization in Russia altogether.

MOSCOW — Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

The court ordered the closure of the group's Russia headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property.

The Interfax news agency on Thursday quoted Justice Ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova in court as saying that the Jehovah's Witnesses "pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security."

The Jehovah's Witnesses claim more than 170,000 adherents in Russia. The group has come under increasing pressure over the past year, including a ban on distributing literature deemed to violate Russia's anti-extremism laws.

Jehovah's Witnesses Already Feeling Russian Ban Impact .
Russian police are targeting Jehovah's Witnesses during faith meetings.Russian authorities have already begun breaking up Jehovah’s Witnesses services and collecting members’ identities following a Supreme Court decision to uphold a ban on the religious organization, a spokesman for the faith said Tuesday.

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