NIZHNYI TAGIL JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES UNABLE TO CHALLENGE DECISION OF TAGILSTROY COURT
Novyi Gorod, 20 October 2016
The Sverdlovsk provincial court agreed with the arguments of its city colleagues that this religious organization possessed and possibly intended to distribute extremist printed materials.
In July of this year, Jehovah's Witnesses were held administratively accountable in the form of payment of a fine of 100,000 rubles and, consequently, the confiscation of brochures with extremist contents.
Apparently considering themselves to be unjustly accused, the Witnesses filed an appeal at a higher judicial instance, but they did not find support there also. It should be noted that even with a different scenario, dissemination of their religious convictions would be for them difficult, inasmuch as not long ago the so-called "Yarovaya Package" took effect. It contains, among other things, a direct prohibition on missionary activity whose goals and effects violate the law, for example "educational" trips to apartments. Such things are possible only when they have pertinent documents of permission. (tr. by PDS, posted 24 October 2016)
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