Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses As An "Extremist Organization"

Tyler Durden's picture

Russians will no longer have to dread the doorbell.

On Thursday, Russia's Supreme Court ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses was an "extremist" organization after the justice ministry applied for an order to shut down the group's national headquarters near St Petersburg, Russian TASS news agency reported. Russian authorities had put several of the group's publications on a list of banned extremist literature, and prosecutors have long cast it as an organization that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives, a description the organization says is false.

In its lawsuit the Justice Ministry mentioned various violations, exposed by a snap check of the organization’s activities, including those of the federal law on resistance to extremist activities. The Justice Ministry wanted the organization and its 395 local chapters to be declared as extremist and outlawed and its properties to be confiscated.

The Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses told TASS it found this affair very worrisome, because a future decision would concern 175,000 practicing believers. ACJW spokesman Ivan Bilenko said the organization was prepared to seek protection of its rights in courts of any instance.

A court in Moscow on October 12, 2016 warned Jehovah’s Witnesses over what it ruled was extremist activities. Under Russian legislation the religious organization in question is to be closed down if it fails to eliminate the exposed violations within the required deadline or if new evidence of its extremist activities come to light. The Moscow City Court on January 16, 2017 upheld the warning over extremism handed to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses group in Russia has said it will appeal against the court’s ruling.

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HalEPeno's picture

I won't say, "I don't care."  I will say, "it is none of my business what the Russians do inside their own borders about JW's, Mormons, Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists, homosexuals, heterosexuals, blacks, whites, or anything else." Russia for Russians.  America for Americans.

Raul44's picture

And thats how you should deal with any religion, especially Judaism and Islam. Well done. 

zeroboris's picture

Good news. Scientology should be next.

Akhenaten II's picture

Sure Putin can get rid of JW and other cults but we all know it is going to take the real deal, 'JC' himself and not any fake JC, to get rid of Islam and Judaism (and any other pagan cult).  By the way things look right now, I expect we won't have to wait too much longer.

aloha_snakbar's picture

I have so many of those little fliers stuck in my front gate (and THANK GOD for fences and locked gates) that it is probably a fire hazard. I will not touch them...

cyberray's picture

In reading the comments , I could not help to notice the hatred and ignorance prevalent in people today , how happy most people are ! As long as they don't come after you ! Right ?  Well you think that's  going to stop Jehovah Witnesses ? During WWII they were put in concentratino camps because of their neutrality , they refused to say "Heil Hitler" because it is God we must obey rather than men ...Did being banned stop them ? There are over 2,100 congregations of Jehovah Witnesses now in Germany, and growing everyday ....Banning them will never stop them because  of Mathew 24:14 " And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations,+ and then the end will come."   I guess not much has changed in 2,000 years !  John 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.+ 19  If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world,+ but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you." Set your prejudices aside if you can and find out the truth about Jehovah Witnesses at

kiwimail's picture

Are the JW a religeon? News to me, I thought it was a publishing company?

gdpetti's picture

I haven't heard much about them, seen the phamlets, don't remember them, seemed a mix of stuff... but who's funding them? Is this another Soros sponspored group? Russia, unlike the West, is shutting down most of these groups, and Russians aren't an overly religious people... like fundamentalists around the world... are those pretending to be... as most in the establisment are... though most of them end up in the 'chosen people' group of Satanists.... in EU theory terms, that's the negative polarity... think left hand side of the Tree of Life... aka, 'Purgatory'... as a whole they are honest and not BSers like we are in the West. They are getting rid of all the Soros type operations in their country.... all those NGOs pretending to be something they are not... the usual front groups for our 'regime changers'.

scaleindependent's picture

America's value and support of personal freedoms, including freedom of speech, association, and RELIGION are what made it GREAT.

Freedom of conscience to believe (or not to believe) as one's conscience dictates is a rare but valuable thing to find in any country. Any nation that scorns this will be cursed by God. 

Look at countries that value this. They do better than countries that tolerate individual freedom of though and these do even better than those that curtail freedom.


If and when this country finally disparages the Bill of Rights, (and it is happening), and specifically once it ignores and abhors freedom of speech and religion then economic collapse will occur. 

Those here that attack unsavory and unpopular beliefs or religions as heretical are evil and are the truly anti-American.  

Ernest Guerro's picture

Don't understand Russia's hate. The Jehovah's Witnesses defied Hitler and went to concentration camps rather than join his army.

Those who defy Putin face 6-10 years in prison as well as fines.

Putin better start making room in his prisons.

Ghostntheshell's picture

Jw's are a target to hit- that doesn't cost votes and is a message to other groups - sad to say non voilent extremist ploy will backfire and Jehovah name vindicated as it always is.

apike3137's picture

there's your war on Christianity...



DeusHedge's picture

"I'm not having sex with anybody"

young man

IronForge's picture

Thank goodness!!!

These fools have been predicting the Apocalypse Erroneously since 1904.

Proselytizing Scammers, Liars, and Theives.



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