Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as an ‘extremist’ group

Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as an ‘extremist’ group:

Russia has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses after the Supreme Court ruled the Christian sect to be an “extremist” group. “The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia’s ministry of justice and deem the ‘Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia’ organization extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia,” said judge Yuri Ivanenko.

A lawyer for the justice ministry, Svetlana Borisova, told the court adherents “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security”.

Judges ordered the closure of the group’s Russian headquarters and 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property.

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