Russia Jehovah's Witnesses banned after they lose appeal

19 July 2017, 17:49 | World news | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Russia's Supreme Court has ordered the disbanding of the Jehovah's Witnesses on Russian territory, BBC informs.

The ban came into effect after the court rejected an appeal by the religious group against a ruling in April which declared it to be extremist.

The justice ministry had argued that the group distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. 

The group described the ruling as the end of religious freedom in Russia.

The denomination says it has 175,000 members in Russia - a country where it was persecuted during the Stalin era.

An estimated eight million people worldwide are part of the Christian-based movement, best known for going door-to-door looking for new converts.

The ruling means that the group's headquarters near St Petersburg and 395 local chapters will close.
It will be required to hand over all its properties, known as Kingdom Halls, to the Russian government.

The group's Russia spokesman, Yaroslav Sivulsky, said that "religious freedom in Russia is over".

"There were no real facts of any extremism on part of Jehovah's Witnesses. It's all about bad literature and intolerance. Now anyone who studies the Bible can be jailed," he said, quoted by Newsweek magazine.

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  • Nik173Varuv | 12 August 2017, 22:28

    Правильно свого часу висловився один священик із Києва: " Коли Наречена Христова укладає шлюб із державою, вона ризикує залишитись бездітною ".

  • enzian | 10 August 2017, 15:37

    Різниця в тому, що УПЦ КП підтримує українську державність, а УПЦ МП - ставлеників московської орди.

  • Ігор Мицько | 8 August 2017, 19:27

    Нововисвячений владика екзарх, як всі "лівобережні " та "південні" єпископи в Україні?

  • enzian | 5 August 2017, 18:55

    Сіверський - це не сєвєрний.

  • chernomorets | 4 August 2017, 16:57

    Він православний

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