Supreme Court bans Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

MOSCOW – Russia’s Supreme Court on Thurs­day banned Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses from op­er­at­ing any­where in the coun­try, ac­cept­ing a re­quest from the jus­tice min­istry that the reli­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion be con­sid­ered an ex­trem­ist group. The court or­dered the clo­sure of the group’s Rus­sian head­quar­ters and its 395 lo­cal chap­ters, as well as the seizure of its prop­erty. The In­ter­fax news agency on Thurs­day quoted Jus­tice Min­istry at­tor­ney Svet­lana Borisova in court as say­ing that Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses pose a threat to Rus­sians. “They pose a threat to the rights of cit­i­zens, pub­lic or­der and pub­lic se­cu­rity,” she told the court.

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