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Russian Justice Ministry Moves to Label “Jehovah’s Witnesses” an “Extremist Organization”

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Following years of investigations and government suspicion, the Russian Justice Ministry has moved to label Christian group Jehovah’s Witnesses an ‘extremist organization’.

The ministry has also filed a lawsuit at the country’s Supreme Court against the group’s Rusian chapter.

According to USA Today, the lawsuit is yet to be dated and has not yet been scheduled for any legal action. If approved, it will directly affect about 175,000 followers at more than 2,000 congregations in the country.

The press office of the Russian chapter of the church released a statement on Thursday in response to the development, stating that if approved, it will “entail disastrous consequences for freedom of religion in Russia”.

“Extremism is deeply alien to the Bible-based beliefs and morality of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Persecution of the faithful for peaceful anti-extremism legislation is built on frank fraud, incompetent individual ‘experts’ and, as a result, a miscarriage of justice,” the statement claimed.

This is not the first time Jehovah’s Witnesses church will face legal battle, as in 2009, a court barred the release of the Russian version of its publication The Watchtower.

In 2015, a Russian court also ruled that the group’s website is an extremist publication.

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34 Comments

  1. Beard gang

    March 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Lol…more of pests than extremists ….they really don’t give up

  2. GIA

    March 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    So this beard gang is actually capable of saying something sensible!

    • Aminatu

      March 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

      He still hasn’t said anything sensible. No, he hasn’t.

  3. Purplegirl

    March 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Please christians everywhere, whether pests or not let us not see this as funny ooo. If they can do it to jehovah witnesses, they’ll do it to protestants, then catholics. They may be more aggressive in their duty of spreading the word but they still believe in the same Jehovah and Jesus we believe in. Please let us put them in our prayers.

    • Abi

      March 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      @purplegirl, they are actually not Christians.

    • Tola

      March 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

      What are they if they aren’t Christians? They are, trust me. They believe in the Bible and strictly adhere to its principles. They preach the good news about God’s kingdom. Believe in God and in his son. Are morally upright, probably more than you’ll ever be in this lifetime – or in the next, you little miss judgey. Christianity entails much more than going to church. Perhaps you should check yourself first.

    • BijouxthisBijouxthat

      March 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Lool, see how confident you are in your misinformation… What is actually not christians? Is that’ what you have allowed your pastor to tell you without actually finding for yourself? Shame. Jehovah’s Witnesses are very much CHRISTIANS who base their teachings on the Bible and strive to live according to Bible principles.. the Bible is their main source of guidance in all matters. Please do well to visit any Kingdom Hall near you or jw.org to find out the truth for yourself

    • Neke

      March 20, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Indeed, they are not Christians. To be a Christian, you see, you must believe in the Trinity and divinity of Jesus Christ.. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity.

    • Helgi Holmgeirsson

      March 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      The apostles did not believe in the trinity either. Where they not Christians?
      BtwJehovahs Witnesses do believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

    • Nii

      March 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Tell me where the word trinity is found in the bible and tell me why you believe in trinity
      Is the russian government banning them because they don’t believe in trinity I bet your church would soon be banned for supporting gay marriage

    • John Barltrop

      March 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Neke, I certainly do not know where you got your information from…………I would suggest that you change your source, because you have been fed absolute rubbish…………I would also suggest that you look into the origin of the trinity………….it is certainly NOT a Bible teaching for nowhere in God’s Word is the word trinity ever mentioned, or implied. The Nation o Israel was monotheistic and when Jesus came to earth and took up his ministry, he certainly did not change that form of worship, that of believing in one God, Jehovah.
      Your math is not too good either: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3…….not 1

    • Wmp

      April 10, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Neke, you are very far from civilization. Could you please let JEHOVAH’s witnesses to help you come closer a bit. Have you not read in your Bible that our Creator is one, and not three persons? Pls read Deuteronomy 6:4 from your Bible. Please don’t follow after the crowd on the broad road to believe a man-made doctrine that has no foundation in the scriptures.

  4. Chi

    March 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This is simply sad ????????

  5. funmilola

    March 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I still don’t get it, what exactly is their offence?
    I enjoy reading their articles at times…. I just pick what benefits me and leave the rest…..i know they can be persistent,but when you tell them no they leave.
    they should let them be jor, after all they don’t try to force their beliefs on you.

  6. BBNaijagirl

    March 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Ta! Look at bloody dictatorial Russian govt calling somebody extreme? Last year, when I was reading a UN human rights report for my thesis, I first stumbled on this case. Apparently, the Russian federation planted some banned books on the religious properties of JWs and is now arguing its case using this fabricated evidence, LMAO. Yeye people, The group must be doing something right that is making the Russian govt come after them. I cannot believe we are arguing for freedom of religion in 2017!

  7. BBNaijagirl

    March 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Ta! Look at dictatorial Russian govt calling somebody extreme? Last year, while reading a UN human rights report for my thesis I first came across this case. Turns out the Russian federation planted some banned books at the religious centres of Jehovah witnesses just to get them out of Russia. If the govt is against them so strongly, I can imagine they are doing something right. I cannot believe we are fighting for freedom of religion in 2017!

    • paolo

      March 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Unfortunately,these people are badly manipulated by the governing body of this religion,which is New York and earns billions of dollars every year,from these poor fellows who believe every year is the last year of this society,… and they are going to reign on the earth. What a silly lie. No,they do not have anything to do with God and the Gospel of JESUS. In the western world many are becoming aware of all these lies,and they are coming out from this religion.

  8. Nunulicious

    March 19, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Jehovah Witness extremists ke? Mba, that ain’t right.

  9. I too know

    March 19, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Jehovah the God they are so proud of will provide a way for them. In the rain, sun and winter, I see those guys smiling and knocking on doors to tell people about Jehovah and his Paradise. I hope Putin or whatever he is called can stand the wrath of the Hebrew God, Jehovah. The name those people uses frequently. Me I nor dey here dey call Jehovah’s children pests o.

  10. Tola

    March 19, 2017 at 10:24 am

    They are safe, law-abiding citizens. So, how are they extremists? Their only offence is probably their persistent preaching but that is what Jesus Christ commanded, isn’t it? Matt 24:14. And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and the end will come. It’s in EVERY SINGLE Bible. Yet, you will never catch them forcing their religion on you. If you say NO, they will leave you alone.

    • paolo

      March 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Unfortunately,they don’t preach JESUS nor the Bible. They preach what the Watchtower tells them to do. In fact,they do(and maybe you too) what the Leaders of Brooklyn tell them to do in all walks of life. Even their Bible(the new world translation) has been falsified in many passages. But, by the mercy of God(whose name is not jehovah-this is another mistake) many turn to JESUS to receive the forgiveness and the salvation;and,so,to taste his love,peace and holy freedom. I hope you can do the same. Blessings

    • John Barltrop

      March 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Paolo – If you care to notice many Witnesses use I pads or smart phone when preaching and if you so desire you can be shown ANY Bible text from the NWT, Byington Translation, American Standard Version or King James Version. There is also an Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures which gives a word for word translation from the original Greek to English. It can also be provided in many different languages-if you do not speak English…………..you really need to check your source of “knowledge” (I say that with tounge in cheek)

  11. simon

    March 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Proof that the evidence was fabricated can be found at:
    tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODOurOrganization/docid-802016753_1_VIDEO

  12. Pavel

    March 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Putin has joined good company like Hitler, Stalin and others in his attempts to fight with JW.Do not think it is wise course…….

  13. Tom Durbridge

    March 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Any organization that denies its members its natural human rights is extremist. Three human rights that Jehovah’s Witnesses violate are:
    1. Right to believe or change your beliefs.
    Jehovah’s witnesses do not let members change their religion. They will disfellowship any member who does so. And I’m so doing they are shunned be all other members – family and friends.
    2. Right to family.
    The religion requires all members – family included – to shun any member who no longer wants to be a member of the religion or has been disciplined for perceived wrongdoing.
    3. Right to justice
    Jehovah’s Witnesses have secret judicial processes that members who are not elders are unaware of. In their judicial committee meetings, members are subjected to questioning, procedures and judgements that are unknown to most members. Only members who have been subjected to such judicial processes can attest to such.
    The religion also has a history of child abuse cover-up and they attempt to take care of such abuses within their own judicial processes if they can help. Even in cases where states have mandatory reporting laws, they have failed to report. More on this can be obtained by searching “Jehovah’s witnesses and Australian Royal Commission”.

    Until they stop denying members and ex members their human rights and stop covering up child abuse, they are an extremist organization.

  14. Mwakanyamale

    March 20, 2017 at 6:34 am

    The Russians have forgot the history. Adolf Hitler’s rein tried to sweep away Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews and any groups or people who didn’t march their interests or due to persecution. What was his end? Jehovah’s Witnesses left things in Gods hand.

    • paolo

      March 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      At the time of Hitler,the Watchtower wanted to collaborate with the nazi,but because hitler did not want it, the leaders in New York told their fellows in Germany to oppose him, because they were safe and sound at home in America. So,they let their brothers struggling telling them the Kingdom was near,but it was a lie,as the others things they teach. Let’s pay attention to deception. God Almighty and the gospel have nothing to do with this religion.

    • Helgi Holmgeirsson

      March 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      The Witnesses were the ONLY religion who REFUSED to collaborate with Hitler. That is why they were send to concentration camps, just like the jews.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_triangle

  15. BioT

    March 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in the divinity of Jesus in that Jesus was God’s Son in heaven before he was sent to the earth miraculously. They believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but Jesus said, “The Father is greater than I am.” They actually follow the teachings of Jesus, so are definitely Christian.

    • paolo

      March 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      If you are honest,you know you don’t believe anything,because you are not living the presence of God in your life,you are just repeating what they tell you to say. But,if you turn sincerely and with humility to the Lord JESUS,HE shall reveal to you too,and you too will live and taste his salvation with his forgiveness,peace,love and holy freedom,…. P.S: the passage you are quoting talks about the humanity of JESUS,and not his Divinity.

    • Wmp

      April 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Palo, you have a long way to go. Please I am advising you to study your Bible if at all you have one. This is an advice. Don’t view it as an insult. A good advice is the second mother of a child.

  16. Honerable Joe

    March 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Dear Paolo, I am afraid you got the quoted scripture wrong when Jesus is quoted saying “the Father is greater than I am” and that is clearly shown in the context.

    Ask yourself the question, why would Jesus say “the Father is greater than I am”? He points to a very specific reason for saying it.

    Jesus is spending his last evening with his Apostles before his arrest and murder, he is telling them he has go go to his Father and is preparing them for that, helping them to understand that it is for their best that he will go to the Father in Heaven:

    “You heard that I said to you, I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. So now I have told you before it occurs, in order that, when it does occur, you may believe. I shall not speak much with you anymore, for the ruler of the world [Satan] is coming. And he has no hold on me.” John 14:28-31

    Because the Father is greater, it is for their benefit that he goes to the Father and he can do more for them there,being there on behalf of his brothers before the Father.

    Note I said: BROTHERS.

    Later, just after he is resurrected, he says to the women who saw him first:

    “Have no fear! Go, report to my brothers, that they may go off into Galilee; and there they will see me.” Mat 28:10

    BROTHERS?

    Note after his resurrection, he still calls his disciples BROTHERS and then shortly departs from them and goes to Heaven.

    Later Paul writes about Jesus:

    “He is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

    This is many years after his resurrection and they are STILL his brothers – and he is THEIR BROTHER.

    Paul goes on to say:

    “Consequently, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest whom we confess—Jesus. He was faithful to the One that made him such, as Moses was also in all the house of that One.  For the latter is counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who constructs it has more honor than the house

    APOSTLE?

    HIGH PRIEST?

    FAITH TO THE “ONE”.

    Jesus was an Apostle, he was “one who was sent” and Jesus had earlier said that “he who sends is greater than the one who is sent” and he was referring to himself as been sent by God? Yes, Jesus is an Apostle of God and Apostle is a lesser one.

    PLEASE read John 13:14

    “For I set the pattern for you , that, just as I did to you, you should do also. Most truly I say to you, A slave is not greater than his master, nor is one that is sent forth greater than the one that sent him.”

    JESUS SET THE PATTERN.

    He is indeed “sent by God” and that makes him an Apostle of God. It also makes him God’s High Priest, also the greater Moses and his glory is “greater than Moses” which sounds nonsensical if he was God’s equal. What Paul says would be absurd.

    WHEN Jesus said “the Father is greater than I am” it was that before his death and it was THE SAME after his death and resurrection.

    AND HIS DISCIPLES ARE STILL HIS “BROTHERS.”

    The Father, The Only True God – THE “ONE” WHOM JESUS WAS FAITHFUL TO – GOD HAS NO BROTHERS.

    So Paolo – Jesus was telling the truth about himself that applied then and applies NOW and will apply FOREVER.

    • John Barltrop

      March 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Another scripture that I like to use is Philippians 2:5-7 “Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took on a slave’s form and became human.

  17. Dee

    March 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    “If this work is from men, it will fail. If it is from God, beware, you may find yourself fighting against God” – Gamaliel

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