Rus­sia de­clares sect ‘ex­trem­ist’

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

RUS­SIA’S Supreme Court ruled yes­ter­day that Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses were an ‘ex­trem­ist’ or­gan­i­sa­tion and must dis­band and hand over all prop­erty to the state, lo­cal me­dia said.

The re­li­gious group 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.’

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