2017-08-17 14:10:00

Russia puts Jehovah's Witnesses on prohibited organization list

Moscow, August 17, Interfax - The Justice Ministry has put the Jehovah's Witnesses on the list of organizations prohibited in Russia.

"The Russian Justice Ministry has added the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia religious organization, as well as 395 affiliated local religious organizations to the list of civil, religious and other non-governmental organizations regarding which a court order on liquidation or prohibition has taken effect pursuant to the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity," the ministry's website said in a statement on Thursday.

The aforesaid organizations were added to the prohibited list pursuant to the Russian Supreme Court ruling from April 20, 2017, and the Russian Supreme Court's Appeals Panel judgment from June 17, 2017, in accordance with the Russian Code of Administrative Practice and the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity, it said.

The Russian Supreme Court upheld the Justice Ministry's lawsuit, branding the Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist organization and banning its activity in Russia on July 20.