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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation filed a lawsuit on the liquidation of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia


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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation filed a lawsuit on the liquidation of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

March 16, 2017

On the website of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, information appeared that the Ministry of Justice of Russia filed a lawsuit on recognizing the "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" as an extremist organization, liquidating and banning activities. However, the religious organization did not receive the corresponding documents. Millions of believers around the world consider the ministry's actions a big mistake. If the claim is satisfied, this will entail disastrous consequences for the freedom of religion in Russia, it will directly affect about 400 registered local religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, as well as affect all 2,277 religious groups across the country, uniting 175,000 followers of this religion.

Extremism is deeply alien to the Bible-based beliefs and morals of Jehovah's Witnesses. The persecution of peaceful believers in anti-extremist legislation is based on outright falsifications, the unprofessionalism of individual "experts" and, as a result, on judicial mistakes.

The prohibition of the activities of the center of Jehovah's Witnesses may entail the prosecution of believers simply for the confession of their religion - joint reading of the Bible, singing and prayers. This clearly showed the sensational criminal case of sixteen believers, men, women and minors who were sentenced to large fines and more than 5 years of suspended prison sentences after being recognized as extremist and the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses "Taganrog" was liquidated.

"Our accusers got carried away by playing the tower, which is destined to collapse," says Yaroslav Sivulsky from the steering committee of the religious organization. " We do not know when this will happen." For the alleged incitement to sedition, the first Christians were persecuted and Christ himself was executed, and God did not like it. Modern oppression for faith in Russia is also not a charity thing . "

Vasily Kalin, chairman of the organization's steering committee, said: "Each of us, Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, only sincerely wants to peacefully worship his God. Unfortunately, for more than 100 years the authorities in Russia have been trampling on their own legislation, which guarantees this right to us. In Stalin's times, when I was still a child, our whole family was exiled to Siberia just because we were Jehovah's Witnesses. It's insulting and sad that my children and grandchildren will have to face something like this. "

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Jehovah's Witnesses did not agree with the conclusions of the inspection of the Ministry of Justice of Russia

March 13, 2017 "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia", acting in accordance with the procedure of art. 16 of the Law "On Protection of Rights of Legal Entities", sent to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation Objections to the Verification Act of 27 February 2017. Jehovah's Witnesses did not violate the current legislation, including the law on extremism.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2017/mar/09/in-russia-the-persecution-of-jehovahs-witnesses-begins-all-over-again

 

Anti-terror legislation is being used to target those whose faith is only ‘extreme’ in terms of its commitment to non-violence. It should be a warning to us all

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1 hour ago, rbrown1205 said:

 


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-signs-law-allowing-russian-court-to-overthrow-international-human-rights-rulings-a6773581.html

 

already from 2015........ Putin = Pharaoh!

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I think the title of this topic is not accurate as well as the occompanying article. The Supreme Court didn't file a lawsuit, rather the ministry of justice did. The Supreme Court will decide on what has been presented to them.

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Prayers in behalf our Brothers in Russia as the court deliberates on hearing on the 'merits of the case' today, December 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. This would be a spiritual boost not just for our Brother at the 'Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses, located in Solnechnoye, near St. Petersburg.' but all of our Brothers in Russia. https://www.jw.org/en/news/legal/by-region/russia/hearing-to-begin-20171205/

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