Jehovah's Witnesses

  • 7 March 2020, 12:31 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    MFA outraged because of the persecution of Ukrainian believers in Crimea by Russian occupiers

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly protests against the sentences of the Russian occupation "courts "in Crimea handed down to Ukrainian citizens Serhiy Filatov and Artem Gerasymov on charges of "organizing activities of an extremist organization".

  • 18 November 2018, 12:46 | Church-state relations | 

    Jehovah's Witnesses searched in Crimea, some detained

    In the annexed Dzhankoi, Russian FSB officers have raided and detained at several addresses possible members of Jehovah's Witnesses. This organization is banned in Russia, and is de facto banned in the annexed Crimea.

  • 28 September 2018, 10:21 | Religion and policy | 

    Supreme Court of DPR bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

    In the occupied territories of Donetsk region, the "Supreme Court" of terrorists recognized the religious organization Jehovah's Witnesses to be extremist. It is reported by Depo.Donbass that cites a website controlled by the DPR.

  • 29 May 2018, 09:50 | International relations | 

    Russian mother of three flees to Ukraine because of religious persecution in Russia

    A Russian woman, mother of three children, asked for a refugee status in Ukraine because of the religious persecution in the Russian Federation. This is reported by the newspaper Syohodni, citing the press center of the State Border Guard Service.

  • 27 April 2018, 11:38 | International relations | 

    Russia restricts religious freedom in Crimea

    Russian repressive laws have “significantly reduced religious freedom” in the annexed Crimea, in particular, Russia has refused to register the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate on the peninsula. This is stated in the annual report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which documented violations of freedom of religion in 28 countries of the world in 2017, Radio Liberty has reported.

  • 26 March 2018, 10:27 | Church-state relations | 

    UOC-KP believers are chased and deprived of their valuables

    According to Sedov, the community of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Krishnaites are also being persecuted on the peninsula. The human rights activist has noted that only the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) feels safe in the Crimea.

  • 19 October 2017, 11:31 | Scandals, crime | 

    A man who beat a Jehovah’s Witness brought to court in Ternopil region

    This is stated in the verdict of Husyatyn District Court of September 29, 2017. According to the case file, the incident occurred on June 15 in the village of Tudorov, Husyatyn District.

  • 16 August 2017, 11:24 | Religious intolerance and vandalism | 

    The US Department of State report on the religious situation in Ukraine in 2016

    The release of the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report details the status of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories, and provides insights as to significant and growing challenges.

  • 6 July 2017, 13:09 | Church-state relations | 

    People persecuted by court in Crimea for their religious convictions

    Crimean Human Rights Group records the facts of oppression and persecution of believers in the occupied Crimea.

  • 4 July 2017, 16:38 | Church-state relations | 

    Ukrainian Prosecution records all instances of Jehovah's Witnesses persecution

    On July 4, Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Gunduz Mammadov met with the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Religious Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ukraine Illya Kobel during which the issue of persecution and pressure on believers of the religious organization in the territory of the temporarily occupied peninsula of Crimea was discussed.c

  • 4 July 2017, 15:05 | Church-state relations | 

    Jehovah's Witness follower in the Crimea dies after his trial

    The man was charged with the crime under part 4 of Article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of Russia (carrying out missionary activity in violation of the requirements of the law).

  • 3 May 2017, 09:53 | Church-state relations

    Russian Orthodox Church supports ban on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

    Metropolitan Hilarion welcomed this court ruling and suggested that the "pernicious and harmful" influence of Jehovah's Witnesses would now start to decline. The Russian Orthodox Church did not take part in proceedings and was not asked for advice, he said.

  • 24 March 2017, 10:41 | World news

    Russia suspends Jehovah’s Witnesses over extremism

    The Russian Ministry of Justice has suspended the activities of the religious organization calling itself Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses “due to its extremist activities”.