Jehovah's Witness on trial for literature distribution


by Andrei Kleimenov

GlobusSerov, 27 April 2016


A Serov district court issued a decision regarding an administrative case against one of the founders of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses.


According to Globus' information, the court in Serov fined citizen R [full name not given—tr.], one of the founders of the local organization of Jehovah's Witnesses for distributing literature that is included in the list of extremist materials. These materials were placed in the list because they contain calls for inciting religious strife and propaganda of the inferiority of a person on the basis of indicators of his attitude toward religion.


Yesterday, 26 April 2016, federal Judge Nikolai Khabarov announced the resultant portion of the decision, Ksenia Lushnikova, a consultant of the Serov district court, told Globus.


The fine of the citizen was 2,000 rubles.


The court's decision has not taken legal effect, and it will likely be appealed.


We have not yet managed to get official comment from the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, and we are ready to let them have their say. (tr. by PDS, posted 4 May 2016)

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