KIROVO-CHEPETSK CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DO NOT SUCCEED IN CHALLENGING PROSECUTOR'S WARNING
SOVA Center for News and Analysis, 12 January 2017
In January 2017 it was learned that on 6 December 2016 the Kirovo-Chepetsk district court of Kirov province refused to grant the lawsuit of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses of the city of Kirovo-Chepetsk for finding a warning about the impermissibility of committing extremist activity to be illegal.
The warning had been sent to the organization after its chairman was fined in the spring of 2016 2,000 rubles on the basis of article 20.29 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law (mass distribution of extremist materials) for publishing on the Odnoklassniki social network a link to the official website of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which had been banned as extremist and included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials.
We regard the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses under the guise of the struggle with extremism as religious discrimination. (tr. by PDS, posted 13 January 2017)
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