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Jehovah's Witnesses Banned in Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region

2016-11-10 Source:the RAPSI legal news agency

(Kaiwind.com)A court in Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region has ruled to ban a Jehovah's Witnesses branch in Birobidzhan because of distributing extremist literature by the organization,the RAPSI legal news agency reported.

According to the Main Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Khabarovsk Krai and Jewish Autonomous Region,the church published extremist material and distributed everywhere in 2015 and 2016. Leaders of “The Jehovah’s Witnesses” were held administratively liable; the organization was formally noticed about inadmissibility of carrying out extremist activity.

The defendant’s representative, committee chairman of “The Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Birobidzhan, has not admitted plaintiff's claim. They may appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia.

In recent years Jehovah’s Witnesses were involved in many legal problems in Russia.

On June 16, Russia’s Supreme Court declared “The Jehovah’s Witnesses of Stary Oskol” in Belgorod Region an extremist organization and ruled to liquidate it.

In March 2015,the prosecutor’s office of Kurgan in the Urals to declare the Jehovah’s Witnesses book Keep Yourselves in God’s Love and the booklet Resist the Spirit of a Changing World extremist.

In late December 2013, the leader of the sect’s group in Tobolsk, Siberia was charged with extremism and the prevention of a blood transfusion that nearly led to the death of a female member of the group.

In 2004, a court in Moscow dissolved and banned a Jehovah’s Witnesses group on charges of recruiting children, encouraging believers to break from their families, inciting suicide and preventing believers from accepting medical assistance.

Jehovah's Witnesses is an international religious organization based in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2004 sever branches and chapters of the organization were banned and shut down in various regions of Russia.

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