Jehovah's Witnesses continued meeting despite court ban


TLTgorod, 17 July 2017


The elder of the international religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses was held administratively accountable for the act of planning the activity of an extremist organization in Tolyatti. This was reported to TLTgorod today, 17 July, in the prosecutor's office of the Komsomol district.


We recall that on the basis of an order of the first deputy minister of justice of the RF of 15 March 2017, the activity of the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" was suspended. And on 20 April, the Russian Supreme Court made a decision to find this organization extremist and liquidate it.


Meanwhile, the district prosecutor's office established that in a room located at the back of building No. 8 on Makarov Street, meetings and worship services of adherents of the confession of Jehovah's Witnesses were conducted, at which from 30 to 60 persons were present, including children with their parents. In connection with this, a case of administrative violation of law was initiated against the local elder of this organization, on the basis of article 20.28 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF, which was sent for consideration by a magistrate judge of judicial precinct No. 110 of the Komsomol judicial district of the city of Tolyatti.


Last Friday, 14 July, on the basis of the order of the magistrate judge, the elder was held administratively accountable in the form of a fine of 1,000 rubles. The decision has not taken legal effect.


"At the present time, the activity of this organization is not being conducted," the prosecutor's office explained. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 July 2017)

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