Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seizes Property After Supreme Court Ruling

– April 20, 2017

Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a request from the Justice Ministry to declare the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” group, banning the Christian denomination from Russia and ordering the seizure of its property.

The court issued an order requiring the closure of the group’s Russian headquarters and all 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of Jehova’s Witness property.

“The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia’s Ministry of Justice and deem the ‘Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia’ organization extremist, eliminate it, and ban its activity in Russia, Judge Yuri Ivanenko ruled, according to Sputnik News.

“The property of the ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organization is to be confiscated to the state revenue,” Ivanenko added.