BRYANSK POLICE REMIND: ACTIVITY OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN RUSSIAN TERRITORY IS ILLEGAL
Website of Directorate of MVD for Briansk province, 12 July 2017
A police report concerning administrative violation of law has been composed with respect to a woman citizen who conducted missionary activity.
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 local religious organizations that are members of its structure were liquidated. But the police are receiving information that individual representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses are continuing missionary activity.
Thus, in Surazh a resident of the near abroad, who visited private households and invited them to join the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, was arrested. On the basis of the results of an inspection that was conducted with regard to her, an administrative protocol was composed on the basis of part 5 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (violation of legislation on freedom of conscience and freedom of religious confession and on religions associations, committed by a foreign citizen). An administrative penalty in the form of a fine of 40,000 rubles was ordered.
The Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Briansk province reminds: if you are confronted with preachers of the Jehovah's Witnesses (they canvass around apartments and houses or distribute literature on the streets), contact the police for taking measure of response in accordance with the legislation of the Russian federation. (tr. by PDS, posted 14 July 2017)
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