Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian Federation bans Jehovah's Witnesses, says the Christian sect is extremist

Russian Federation bans Jehovah's Witnesses, says the Christian sect is extremist

"The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia's ministry of justice and deem the "Administrative Centre of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" organisation extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russian Federation", said judge Yuri Ivanenko in his ruling. The Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center is the head office for 395 Jehovah's Witnesses branches throughout Russian Federation.

Following weeks of hearings, Russia's Supreme Court has backed the Ministry of Justice's move to liquidate the Jehovah's Witnesses' Administrative Center and its almost 400 religious organizations throughout the country and will seize its property, beginning immediately.

The ruling declares the Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center an extremist organization, closes the organization on those grounds, and bans all Jehovah's Witnesses' activities.

According to #Russia Jehovah's Witnesses are extremists and it is now illegal to be one.

Jehovah's Witnesses has a history of persecution, including in Nazi Germany. Anyone found with large quantities of Jehovah's Witnesses' banned materials can be held responsible for the misdemeanor offense of distributing "extremist" materials.

The ministry was investigating the Jehovah's Witnesses' Russian headquarters near St. Petersburg over the a year ago and claimed it discovered violations of a Russian law banning extremism.

Some of the group's publications are listed as "extremist literature". The Russian government cracked down on the group past year when it banned Jehovah's Witnesses literature they considered a violation of national security laws.

The religious organisation has over 175,000 members in Russian Federation.

"The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its "liquidation" in Russian Federation". The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that the move had violated the right to freedom of religion and association. "The Justice Ministry should withdraw the suit against the Jehovah's Witnesses organization and stop interfering with group's peaceful religious activity".

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