Jehovah's Witness woman penalized on basis of justice ministry's suspension


Website of Prosecutor's Office of Vladimir Province, 20 June 2017


The Aleksandrov city prosecutor's office, along with the division of the directorate of the Russian Federal Security Service [F.S.B.] for Vladimir province, conducted in the city of Aleksandrov a check of compliance with the legislation on combating extremism. This revealed a case of a local resident's arranging activity in a residence in the city of Aleksandrov of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in the form of regular meetings of members of the religious association.


On the basis of the aforementioned instance, the city prosecutor's office issued an order for opening a case of administrative violation of law with respect to a local resident on the basis of part 1 of article 20.18 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (arranging the activity of a public or religious association with regard to which a decision of suspension of its activity has taken legal effect), and the guilty individual person was held administratively accountable in the form of a fine.


We recall that on 15 March 2017 the activity of the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" was suspended by order of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian federation.


On 20 April 2017, by a decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian federation, the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" and also local religious organizations that are members of its structure were liquidated. The reasons for such a decision were the violation by said religious organization of the rules of legislation on combating extremist activity. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 June 2017)

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