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Friday, 21 April 2017

Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses



Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting its more than 170,000 Russian worshipers in the same category as Islamic State militants.

The ruling, which confirmed an order last month by the Justice Ministry that the denomination be “liquidated” — essentially eliminated or disbanded, had been widely expected. Russian courts rarely challenge government decisions no matter what the evidence.

Viktor Zhenkov, a lawyer for the Christian group, said Jehovah’s Witnesses will appeal the ruling, which he said had focused on the activities of the organization’s so-called administrative center, a complex of offices outside St. Petersburg, but also branded all of its nearly 400 regional branches as extremist.

“We consider this decision an act of political repression that is impermissible in contemporary Russia,” Mr. Zhenkov said in a telephone interview. “We will, of course, appeal.” An initial appeal will be made to the Supreme Court’s appellate division, said Mr. Zhenkov, and if that fails, Jehovah’s Witnesses will take its case to the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France.

Hard-line followers of Russia’s dominant faith, the Orthodox Church, have lobbied for years to have Jehovah’s Witnesses outlawed or at least curbed as a heretical sect, but the main impetus for the current campaign to crush a Christian group active in Russia for more than a century seems to have come from the country’s increasingly assertive security apparatus.

Founded in the United States in the 19th century, Jehovah’s Witnesses has its worldwide headquarters in the United States and, along with all foreign-led groups outside the control of the state, it is viewed with deep suspicion by Russia’s post-Soviet version of the KGB, the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B.

Summing up the Justice Ministry’s case against the denomination, the ministry’s representative, Svetlana Borisova, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses had shown “signs of extremist activity that represent a threat to the rights of citizens, social order and the security of society.”

During six days of hearings over two weeks, lawyers and witnesses for the religious group repeatedly dismissed the extremist allegation as absurd, arguing that reading the Bible and promoting its nonviolent message could in no way be construed as extremist.

Human Rights Watch, in a statement issued in Moscow, condemned the court ruling as “a serious breach of Russia’s obligations to respect and protect religious freedom.” Rachel Denber, the human rights group’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, said the decision delivered “a terrible blow to freedom of religion and association in Russia.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses shuns political activity and has no record of even peaceful — never mind violent — hostility to the Russian authorities. But it has faced growing hostility from the state since President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia began his third term in 2012 and put the Orthodox Church at the center of his push to assert Russia as a great military and moral power.

The denomination suffered relentless persecution by the KGB during the Soviet era and, after more than a decade of relative peace following the collapse of Communism in 1991, it again became a target for official harassment under a 2002 anti-extremism law that makes it illegal for any group, other than the Orthodox Church and other traditional religious institutions, to proclaim itself as offering a true path to religious or political salvation


from NY Times


35 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do not in any way support what the Russian government has done but it's obvious Russians don't like propaganda. For example, being gay in Russia is legal as long as you practice it quietly. Technically, being Jehovah witness could also have been legal if Jehovah witnesses didn't ambush people in their homes and start preaching without being invited.

Tayan Taylor said...

Long over due

Cynthia Iyede said...

Hnmmm

Anonymous said...

Oh my God ...the world is truly coming to an end..A Christ believing church will tell you that you are all witnesses...na Jehovah's witness that do the real christain faith and walk of God...so all those saying long over the.. if you are a christain and you don't preach to people..you ain't doing God's work

Madame koinkoin a.k.a 'peace lover" said...

Hahahahahaha this headline too funny, abeg make the enter our country their cup don full.their o . y .o too much.

Sweet chocolate said...

Probably because of how they twist the bible and say silly histories to the gullible, but at the end this is what you get when you tell your members not to join politics or vote, there would be no body at the top to fight for your interest,in Jesus's days power was passed from father to son, but in our own time it is different, just like the way no one fights for the poor in the society because the poor do not have representative in government, the same way those days that women were seen as second class humans,it was because they had no lady in the helm of affair to fight for their right, that is why I like Muslims,Catholics and Anglicans they no dey dull

Anonymous said...

This is the fulfilment of Matthew 24:9. What is happening now is a bibles prophecy. Be strong brothers for Jehovah and his Son are with you. We will continue praying for Jehovah to give you the strength beyond what is normal to cope with this situation.
He delivered the Israelites, he will deliver you too.

ifeoma1010 said...

Russia can ban anything. Even to drink water can be banned sef....hisss!!!!

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Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

Na wa. Jehovah Witness are quiet people who go about preaching.

Whatever makes the government sleep well at night na dem sabi

Anonymous said...

Best news so far.they r a terrorist organization.ull see a jehovahz witnz,would fornicate,steal etc.but would enforce a law when a woman in labour and dieing would nid blood nd ud say no let her die.then God purnish them.long over due

Food Channel said...

i want this in nigeria...........cut down many churches...they are all looking for money

Anonymous said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your sincere observation

Anonymous said...

And you tagged yourself a.k.a peace lover.

Chameleon said...

This is all shade of wrong. What happens to Mathew 24:14 now in Russia?

Jennah said...

Just like they made domestic violence a non criminal offence. They should allow JW to prac6tbeir faith please.

Ibukunoluwa said...

Lmao😂😂😂

Anonymous said...

Rubbish, they don't practice Christianity. A better argument would have been for you to argue freedom of religion

jelly said...

Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm! Guess it was about time! Well, it is what it is! Hmmmmmmm!

Anonymous said...

You need to see the ones that come to knock on my door every weekend. I should leave my church for yours. They don't even read people's body language because if they did, that man should have stopped coming to ours.

TURQUOISE BLUE said...

We did not enforce any law. Acts 15 vs 29 warned christians to 'abstain from blood',which means to keep off from blood (that includes its eating-drinking and transfusing) Unless if the word 'abstain' now have a new definition. #proudly Jw#

Anonymous said...

Ambush at their home????

Anonymous said...

Apart from the way they ambush people in their homes and their blood transfusion palaver, I have nothing against them. They are very peaceful and not money hungry like other churches. They have a very peaceful mind and they always look happy.

Anonymous said...

Even if the whole world ban Jehovah's witnesses,his name must continue to be heard in all the corners of the Earth.
No one can battle his Maker and succeed.

Anonymous said...

Even if the whole world ban Jehovah's witnesses,his name must continue to be heard in all the corners of the Earth.
No one can battle his Maker and succeed.

Anonymous said...

But you eat meat abi? Blood no dey meat?

Mao Akuh said...

JW should review their doctrine and adjust it a little that's my own but banning them isn't good.

WomenOfGod said...

Kudos!

Paragon Frontiers said...

There should be freedom of association

JWbabe said...

Terrorist!!!! Really. I'm ashamed at your level of reasoning. It is better to keep shut than saying things that are not true.

Anonymous said...

It's a Cult (end of)

Henry princess Ella said...

The out come of the Russian case to ban Jehovah's people may have been a surprised. The question some will be asking is Why did Jehovah allow that to happen? However we don't know how things will turn out. But we do know that a free country today can turn overnight against Jehovah's people. But will they succeed to wipe his people out completely? Absolutely No. However we need to remain faithful, firm and have strong confidence in Jehovah as we prepare our hearts for the trials ahead. Let rely on Jehovah in prayer and then listen to how he guide us through his word. We should know that Jehovah will not allow his servants to be wiped out completely. He did it for his people in the past, remember the story of Esther and Mordecai, Jehovah did find a way out for his people. Esther was not silent she spoke out boldly, the Jew's fasted on their part and Jehovah rescue them from been annihilated. And Haman was hanged on the stick he has prepared for Mordecai. Also remember the case of Hitler, how he tried to exterminate Jehovah's people, where is Hitler today? Is the Good news not been preached in Germany? Jehovah did allow his servants to face persecution in Germany but at the end he brought them out victorious and did sanctify his holy name. Jehovah's hands are not short he will act in his own time. So let's pray, remain confident in Jehovah's saving power as we PREPARE OUR HEART FOR THE TRIALS AHEAD. Now is the time to encourage one another ever before to remain faithful because Satan is really at work as we get closer to the end of this wicked world

Anonymous said...

I'm a Jehovah's witness and it is not a cult. Please, get your facts right

Anonymous said...

Well said sister!

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