Contents tagged with Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Authorities of separatist LPR called Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘Ukrainian agents’

    Alexander Basov, the so-called Minister of State Security of the Luhansk People’s Republic stated that members of the religious organization Jehovah's Witnesses who are in the uncontrolled areas of Luhansk region are really agents of the Security Service of Ukraine.

    The LPR officials claim that the religious organization was "an active agent of the Security Service's influence in the LPR." According to separatist authorities, searches conducted on the premises belonging to the Jehovah's …

  • Kremlin adds Jehovah’s Witnesses to list of banned organizations

    The Russian Ministry of Justice added the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization to the list of organizations which are prohibited and subject to dissolution in Russian territory. In the department’s official announcement, this ruling is explained as the application of the law on opposing extremist activity.

    The Russian Justice Ministry noted that the ban extends to the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, as well as the 395 regional branches included in its structure.

    On July 17, …

  • USA accuses Russia of oppressing religious minorities

    During last year, Russian authorities continued to oppress members of religious minorities and detained them on suspicion of extremism, as stated in the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report.

    Several U.S. citizens were fined and expelled from Russia for their religious activities. In particular, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) were accused of publicly inciting attacks on representatives of other religions.

    In addition, …

  • EU expressed its deep regret over Russia’s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The European Union expressed its regret that the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirmed its decision to liquidate all registered organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses, as announced on Tuesday, July 18, by the European Union External Action Service.

    “Jehovah's Witnesses, like all other religious organizations, are guaranteed the right to peaceful freedom of assembly by the Russian Constitution, as well as by Russia's international obligations and international human rights standards," …

  • Russian Jehovah's Witnesses to appeal to European Court of Human Rights over ban on their activities in Russia

    Russian Jehovah's Witnesses intend to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to appeal the dissolution of their organization in Russia,  as announced on Monday, July 17, by attorney Viktor Zhenkov, who is representing the Jehovah's Witnesses in court.

    "The final point on this issue has still not been made, insofar as the Supreme Court has violated not only the norms of Russian legislation, but also international legislation; therefore, we will appeal this decision to the European …

  • Military Registration office in the annexed Crimea asked a Jehovah's Witnesses follower to change his beliefs

    The Military Commission of the Bakhchisaray district of the annexed Crimea demanded a conscript-follower of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to provide “documentation of his change of belief”, as stated on the Russian Jehovah's Witnesses’ website.

    It was reported that in early June, the Military Registration and Enlistment Office denied the young man the right to alternative services, stating he must change his beliefs.

    The organization's website has also published a copy of the draft notice, in which …

  • In meeting with Putin, Merkel called for Ukraine to be given back control over its borders

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, May 2. As planned earlier, the meeting in Sochi took place before the G20 summit on May 7-8.

    During the press conference at the conclusion of the meeting, the politicians spoke about matters pertaining to bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism, as well as the situation in Syria and in Eastern Ukraine.

    Angela Merkel said that there is no need to make a new agreement regarding a peaceful …

  • Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The Supreme Court of Russia has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization and determined that it be liquidated, as reported by Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    The organization’s property will be turned over for use by the state. A representative of Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the decision of the Russian Supreme Court will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    The lawsuit against the organization was filed on March 15th by the Ministry of Justice. The office …

  • The activities of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization have been suspended in Russia

    The activity of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization has been suspended in Russia due to "extremist activities", as reported by Russia's Interfax news agency.

    According to information on the website of the Russian Ministry of Justice, the religious organization, the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, was added to the list of public and religious organizations whose activities are suspended due to their "extremist nature", by the order of the Ministry of Justice of the …