Saturday, March 18, 2017

Russia Close To Labeling Jehovah's Witnesses As An 'Extremist Organisation'

Russian justice ministry has moved to label Jehovah's Witnesses an 'extremist organization' following years of government suspicion toward the group.

The lawsuit filed with the Russia’s Supreme Court against the national headquarters of the country's Jehovah’s Witnesses wasn't dated and has not yet been scheduled for legal action, USA Today reports.

In response to the filing, the press office for the Russian branch of the religion released a statement Thursday saying it would represent 'dire consequences' for religious freedom in Russia if approved.

'Extremism is deeply alien to the Bible-based beliefs and morality of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Persecution of the faithful for peaceful anti-extremism legislation is built on frank fraud, incompetent individual 'experts' and, as a result, a miscarriage of justice,' the statement claimed.

According to the press office, the decision, if passed by the court, would directly affect about 175,000 followers at more than 2,000 congregations in the country.

However, it's not the first time Jehovah’s Witnesses have faced legal battles. In 2009, a court ruled a Russian-language version of the group’s publication The Watchtower an extremist publication and barred it. In 2015, a Russian court ruled the group’s website was also an extremist publication.


  1. This is the main reason is not good to be criticising.God help

  2. As much as I don't like Jehovah witnesses, they should be left alone

  3. All this jehovah's witness people self are they only one following Jesus Christ

  4. Yes Jehovah witness qualify as an extremist organization but the good news is their extremism is not violent or harmful to other around them so Russia should let them be