Jehovah's Witnesses defy ban


Portal-Credo.Ru, 10 August 2017


In the course of checking information received from the territorial Directorate of the F.S.B. The Anap [Krasnodar territory] prosecutor's office discovered a violation of the law regarding freedom of conscience and religious confession and regarding religious associations on the part of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses of the city of Anap. The prosecutor's office issued a warning to the chairman of the organization, Blagovest-info reported on 9 August, with reference to "Kuban" state television broadcasting company.


At the time of the check up, the Russian Supreme Court received an application for recognizing the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia to be an extremist organization. The application also includes the request to ban its activity, to liquidate it, and to remove its information from the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities. The Ministry of Justice suspended the activity of the organization and forbade its participants to conduct meetings.


Despite this, the organization continued its missionary activity, the press service of the territorial body reports.


On this basis of this fact, the prosecutor's office opened an administrative case on part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (violation of legislation on freedom of conscience and religious confessions and on religious associations). The court fined the chairman of the organization 25 thousand rubles. The court's decision has taken legal effect and its execution is being monitored by the district prosecutor's office. (tr. by PDS, posted 11 August 2017)

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