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Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses As Extremist

By: for Reuters.com on April 21, 2017
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The ban would have an impact on all of its 2,277 religious groups in Russia, where it says it has 175,000 followers.

Russia's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah's Witnesses were an "extremist" organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, local media said.

The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its "liquidation" in Russia.

"We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity,” Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, said in emailed comments. 

"We will appeal this decision, and we hope that our legal rights and protections as a peaceful religious group will be fully restored as soon as possible."

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have 30 days to submit their appeal for consideration by a three-person panel.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-religion-jehovah-s-idUSKBN17M1ZT

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