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Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned in Russia, Labelled “Extremist” Organisation



Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses is an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported.

Interfax News Agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights.

“We will do everything possible”, he said.

Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

The group, a United States-based non-trinitarian Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.

The religious organisation has expanded around the world and has about eight million active followers.

It has faced court proceedings in several countries, mostly over its pacifism and rejection of blood transfusions.

But Russia has been most outspoken in portraying it as an extremist cult.

Its Russian branch, based near St Petersburg, has regularly rejected this allegation.

It has said a ban would directly affect around 400 of its groups and have an impact on all of its 2,277 religious groups in Russia, where it says it has 175,000 followers.

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  1. EbonyFre

    April 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    And others will follow. Sigh.
    Did they kill anyone? SMH

  2. GOODY

    April 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    O Jehovah, may your name which we bear as a witness to all nations be exalted forever, may those persecuting us come to realize that You are the only true GOD,may they see the need to go and preach the good news of Your kingdom to all sorts of people, You said that all those who call on Your name will be saved, please save our brothers in Russia and give them more faith, may they never have a reason to denounce Your name, give them the strength to hold on.

  3. True Talk

    April 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Those who really know Jehovah’s witnesses know Russia is lying, They want to gradually turn their citizens to atheists having banned many churches before, Exreme what? Rubbish.

  4. Bobonkiti

    April 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Putin is doomed. He has been brainwashed.These people offer their books and magazines to every one who cares to read them. They have nothing to hide. They are honest and upright people. Pray he has a change of heart.

  5. Bobonkiti

    April 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Putin is doomed.. He has been blindfolded. These people are honest upright people. They go about offering their books and magazines to anyone intrested. They have nothing to hide. Pray he has a change of mind.

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