Russia court outlaws “extremist” Jehovah’s Witnesses

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39661339

Russia’s Supreme Court has accepted the government’s request to designate Jehovah’s Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation.

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

Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal.

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.

Practitioners of the faith argue that it means their activities from now on will be criminalised.

The justice ministry urged the court to close the group’s national headquarters near St Petersburg, Russian news agencies reported, in addition to banning some of its “extremist” publications.

One pamphlet distributed by the group quoted the novelist Leo Tolstoy as describing the doctrine of the Russian Orthodox Church as superstition and sorcery.

Officials have accused the religion of destroying families, propagating hatred and endangering lives.

Jehovah’s Witnesses say the accusations are completely untrue. A spokesman told the AFP news agency that he was “shocked” by the ruling.

“I didn’t expect that this could be possible in modern Russia, where the constitution guarantees freedom of religious practice,” Yaroslav Sivulsky said.

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the jay dubs..in the russian spotlight..

i wouldn’t call them extremist but they are pests..and they are very much like a cult..

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

basically anybody who isnt one of them is one of those..

401

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~ by seeker401 on April 27, 2017.

3 Responses to “Russia court outlaws “extremist” Jehovah’s Witnesses”

  1. JWs are rife with child abuse, not necessarily sexual but definitely violent and cruel.

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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