MOSCOW — Russia’s Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday banning Jehovah’s Witnesses and seizing their property after the justice ministry referred to as on it to dissolve the Christian group as an “extremist organization.”
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Supreme Court choose Yury Ivanenko mentioned Russia had determined to shut down “the administrative center of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the local organizations in its fold and turn their property over to Russia.”
The choice comes after the ministry mentioned it had discovered indicators of “extremist activity” inside the spiritual motion and requested that or not it’s banned.
“They represent a threat to the rights of the people, to public order and public safety,” Russian information businesses quoted justice ministry consultant Svetlana Borisova as saying.
The spiritual motion, which has 395 facilities throughout Russia, has vowed to enchantment the choice.
“I’m shocked,” Yaroslav Sivulsky, who represents the group’s administrative middle, informed reporters.
“I didn’t expect that this could be possible in modern Russia, where the constitution guarantees freedom of religious practice.”
Sivulsky added that the group would take its case to the European Court of Human Rights if its enchantment was rejected.
He mentioned he feared that members of the group might face prosecution in the event that they continued to collect and examine the Bible.
“We fear that people will end up in jail,” he mentioned.
There are some 175,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, in response to the group.
The highly effective Russian Orthodox Church has spoken out towards the group, with one church official branding it a “destructive sect” final month.
Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses — a Christian evangelical motion that was born within the United States within the 19th century — think about trendy church buildings to have deviated from the Bible’s true teachings. They reject trendy evolutionary idea and refuse blood transfusions.
There are greater than eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, with some nations classifying the group as a sect.
Its members are identified for preaching on doorsteps, the place they provide spiritual literature and try to convert individuals.
Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses have had a number of run-ins with legislation enforcement in recent times.
In January, the chief of a congregation within the city of Dzerzhinsk within the central Nizhny Novgorod area was fined for distributing supplies that authorities deemed extremist, native media reported.
In 2004 Russia dissolved the Moscow department of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The European Court of Human Rights dominated in 2010 that the transfer had violated the proper to freedom of faith and affiliation.
The Moscow department on the time had been accused of breaking apart households, inciting its members to suicide and endangering their lives and well being by not permitting its members to have blood transfusions./rga
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