Southern region of European Russia claims to be rid of Jehovah's Witnesses congregations


Interfax-Religiia, 10 May 2017


The directorate of the Russian Ministry of Justice for Krasnodar territory liquidated all religious congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses previously functioning in the region, Interfax was told in the ministry on Wednesday.


"In all, more than 40 local religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses operating in practically all municipalities of the territory have been liquidated. By decision of the Supreme Court of the RF, they all were removed from the list of registered noncommercial organizations," the news agency's source said.


According to the data base "SPARK-Interfax," by the first of May 2017 there were 45 congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Krasnodar territory. At the present time they are designated as liquidated as of 3 May 2017.


As reported, on 20 April the Supreme Court of the RF ruled the Russian Jehovah's Witnesses to be an extremist organization. Thereby an administrative lawsuit of the Russian Ministry of Justice for finding the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" to be extremist, banning its activity, and liquidating it was granted.


The Jehovah's Witnesses organization regularly has been an object of attention of monitoring bodies in all regions of Russia and in a number of regions its activity was forbidden.


Previously the Supreme Court of the RF ruled decisions for the liquidation of territorial divisions of Jehovah's Witnesses in Orel, Stary Oskol and Belgorod, Abinsk of Krasnodar territory, Samara, Birobidzhan and other cities to be legal. Local divisions of the organization have frequently been held administratively accountable for distributing extremist materials, in Tiumen, Abinsk, Samara, Saransk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Gelendzhik, and a number of other cities. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 May 2017)

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