A native Russian brand of "Jehovists" loses in court


SOVA Center for News and Analysis, 28 April 2017


On 20 April 2017, the Federal List of Extremist Materials was extended by a brochure of the Jehovists-Ilintsy "Call of all mortal people to immortality."


The publication was banned on 2 February 2017 by the Kirov district court of Yaroslavl. In the list it is noted that the brochure that the court examined was distributed at the main entrance of the city railway station.


From our point of view, this brochure merely affirms the truth of the teachings of the Jehovists-Ilintsy and the falsehood of all other religions. We posit that the ban of this publication is illegal inasmuch as the propaganda of the superiority of one's religion over others should not be considered a sign of extremism and we could not find any calls for violence in this text.


The religious movement of Jehovists-Ilintsy (other names: Subbotniki, Desnoe ["right hand"] Brotherhood) arose in the Urals in the 1840s. The teaching of the Jehovists was devised by Nikolai Ilin (1809-1890) on the basis of elements of Hebrew and Christian traditions.


In 2013 and 2014, courts twice banned a brochure of the Jehovists-Ilintsy, "The testimony of Jesus Christ," and in 2016, a resident of Korsakov of Sakhalin province was held criminally responsible for its distribution. (tr. by PDS, posted 28 April 2017)


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