News 21 april — 11:36

Russia’s Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist organization


Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled to recognize Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization and to liquidate its activity on the territory of Russia, TASS reports.

The Supreme Court thus granted the lawsuit filed by Russia’s Justice Ministry.

The Supreme Court has also turned the organization’s assets into state property.

Jehovah’s Witnesses has said it will appeal against the court’s ruling. 

A court in Moscow on October 12, 2016 warned Jehovah’s Witnesses over what it ruled was extremist activities. Under Russian legislation the religious organization in question is to be closed down if it fails to eliminate the exposed violations within the required deadline or if new evidence of its extremist activities come to light. The Moscow City Court on January 16, 2017 upheld the warning over extremism handed to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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