» 12/05/2014, 00.00
New charges of extremism against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia
The Russian Supreme Court rules against a website and three books used by the community. The latter talk about God and how to lead a happy life. The sect, which is one of the most ill-treated religious minorities in the former Soviet Union, continues to face legal problems.
Jehovah’s Witness gets two years in prison for possession of “extremist literature”
His crime was possessing Witnesses’ publications, deemed dangerous to public order even when strictly religious in nature. Russia wants to ban the religious group, despite European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that it should be recognised.
Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to register as a religious organisation in Moscow
After years of problems, the religious group scores a rare legal victory. A Moscow court had banned them in 2004.
The Supreme Court confirms: Jehovah's Witnesses outlawed in Rostov
Upheld a ruling passed in September by the provincial court of the city on the Black Sea. Communities in the cities of Taganrog, Neklinov Matveeva and Kurgan-can no longer carry out activities and must withdraw. 34 publications banned for "extremist content" and property confiscated. Jehovah's Witnesses are turning to the European Court.
More than 50 Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested in Russia for taking part in a public protest
Some 150,000 volunteers hand out about 12 million leaflets slamming the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, guilty of rejecting to military service and unfriendliness towards other religious groups. For their part, the Witnesses say that history is repeating itself with a return to Soviet-style persecution.
Altai court condemns Jehovah’s Witnesses for “extremism”
Some of the group’s publications are blamed for inciting religious confrontation. Jehovah’s Witnesses respond saying the texts in question are distributed in 200 countries around the world. The Altai court ruling is like one handed down in Rostov in mid-September. Similar trials are underway before other Russian courts.
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