Russian news source uses cases to slander Jehovah's Witnesses


Vrossii.onlain, 1 October 2019


In 2017 the Russian Supreme Court ruled the international religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" and 365 local religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses to be extremist. Funding of such American totalitarian organizations comes from over the hill, namely from Brooklyn.


The prohibition of its activity is based not on theological religious reasons, but on governmental political ones: the Jehovists do not recognize the national anthem, the flag, shield, and other governmental symbols and they refuse service in the army. In practice, required service in the army is usually replaced for them by alternative civilian service, but even in that the Jehovah's Witnesses consistently refuse any work that is connected with military organizations, for which they are taken to court and punished. After all, if it is possible for Jehovists, why could not all other draftees dodge the army?


Jehovah's Witnesses also often are accused of endangering the life of their members because of the prohibition on blood transfusion, of destroying families, of physical and psychological violence of a totalitarian nature, and of forcing believers to transfer their property to the sect. A number of investigators have pointed out that being in the Witnesses organization increases the risk of developing psychiatric illnesses and disorders. At various times, members of the extremist organization have been accused of rape, kidnapping children, murders, encouraging murder and suicide, fraud, theft, racism, extortion, causing bodily harm, prostitution, and pedophilia.


For all of these reasons, Jehovah's Witnesses as an antigovernmental sect are banned in 37 countries, including Spain, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China, and North Korea.


But despite such a track record, the recruitment of converts continues. People thus far do not understand and do not imagine how dangerous the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is and that it is capable of causing harm to the personality and health of a convert, to his family, and also to state interests, and they continue to fall into the net of the "kindly" sectarians.


Thus, on 30 September, in the city of Podolsk of Moscow oblast, security forces put an end to the activity of a religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. The 67-year-old leader of the extremist cell, Yury Krutiakov, managed to lure into the activity of the forbidden organization his wife and several other residents of suburban Moscow, by suggesting they acquaint themselves with brochures and video and audio materials. Now he is facing criminal liability based on part 2 of article 282.2 of the CC RF (participation in the activity of an extremist organization). The Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) for Moscow oblast has opened against the leader of the religious cell and another four devotees five criminal cases. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 October 2019)


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