Prosecutor general lumps Jehovah's Witnesses in with anti-Russian organizations



On the territory of Russia, the activity of seven foreign nongovernmental organizations, some of whom seek changes in the government in the Russian federation by illegal means, are recognized as undesirable, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika reported in his annual report submitted to the Federation Council.


"In the past year, the activity of three foreign organizations from the U.S.A. was ruled undesirable: The National Democratic Institute of International Relations, the International Republican Institute, and the Media Development Investment Fund. The goals of their work in our country were to instigate changes of government by unconstitutional means and to attempt to exert influence on the part of the U.S.A. on governmental bodies of the RF, which is regarded to be a threat to the foundations of the constitutional structure and security of the state," the report says.


In all, according to the prosecutor general's information, at the present seven foreign organizations on the territory of the RF are considered to be undesirable foreign nongovernmental organizations.


Regarding the activity of extremist organizations, Chaika reported that in the register are enumerated 57 extremist and 26 terrorist organizations, whose activity is forbidden on the territory of the RF. In particular, by court decision, the international organization Aum Shinriko is considered terrorist and seven territorial religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses are considered extremist, as well as the public association "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar Nation."


The report also notes that in the past year the prosecutor's office has sent to courts applications for the ban of the activity of ten organizations, accused of conducting crimes of an extremist nature and terrorist character.


The prosecutor general pointed out especially shortcomings in the activity of Rossotrudnichestvo [Federal Agency for Affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States], which permits extremist minded people to join consultative bodies, which "creates a real threat of illegal manifestations abroad against the RF."


"As a result, for example, for conducting the holiday of the 'Day of Slavic Literacy and Culture' in the Swiss city of Berne, persons were invited who occupy an active anti-Russian position," Chaika emphasized.


He said that at the request of the prosecutor's office, Rossotrudnichestvo took steps to establish strict criteria for organizations invited to events in support of compatriots abroad. (tr. by PDS, posted 25 April 2017)

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