Jehovah's Witnesses in south Russia were framed


Newstracker, 19 April 2016


In Stavropol, the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses declared that the extremist literature discovered by police and FSB agents in the house of worship was planted, the press service of the center of Jehovah's Witnesses in the RF reported on Tuesday.


The text elaborates that in April the organization received a warning about the prohibition of conducting extremist activity. The building where a worship service was being conducted on 25 March was cordoned off by police and FSB agents, who in the course of a search found three booklets from the list of extremist materials. But on the day before, members of the organization had searched the premises and did not find prohibited materials in it.


In their statement, the Jehovah's Witnesses declare that the tactics of planting banned literature on them has spread to many regions of Russia.


Earlier, the prosecutor's office of the territory reported that literature of an extremist character had been seized in the home of one of the ministers of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in the course of a prosecutorial verification in Stavropol. A warning was issued to the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses about the impermissibility of possessing and distributing such literature and of conducting activity of an extremist character. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 April 2016)

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