Justice ministry enforces Supreme Court decision in Penza province


RIA Novosti, 3 May 2017


The directorate of the Ministry of Justice for Penza province put a stop to the activity of all four local religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses after the decision of the Supreme Court prohibiting the work of the headquarters of that organization in the RF, the press service of the directorate reports.


According to information of the ministry, on the basis of the resolution portion of the decision of the Supreme Court of the RF, the directorate of the Ministry of Justice made the decision to stop the activity of two local organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Penza and one in each of the cities of Zarechnyi and Nikolsk.


"Documents were sent to the directorate of the Federal Tax Service for Penza province for inclusion in the appropriate list in the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities," the report says.


On 20 April, the Russian Supreme Court ruled the activity of the "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia—the chief organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia—to be extremist. The Supreme Court prohibited the work of the center and confiscated its property. Now adherents of Jehovah's Witnesses are threatened with criminal accountability for continuing their activity. Representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses have declared their intention to appeal this decision in the European Court for Human Rights. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 May 2017)

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