June 16, 2018

RUSSIA ARRESTING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

At least 26 members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group are being charged under Russia’s draconian anti-extremism law, and seven are being held in pre-trial detention, according to members of the group.

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June 16, 2018

Russia steps up war against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Russian Government has stepped up its war against Jehovah’s Witnesses, imprisoning several Witnesses on account of their religious worship and confiscating the organization’s former Russia branch facilities in Solnechnoye.

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June 16, 2018

EU Statement on the Situation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

The European Union is deeply concerned by the recent reports of increased government harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, which includes police raids of private homes, arbitrary detentions and intimidations.

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June 16, 2018

Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses became accused

I never saw my husband again

I heard that my husband went to open the door.

“Are you Petrov?” – and he could not even answer, because, apparently, so they twisted it, he only croaked: “Yes, I’m Petrov.” Then they took him away, and I never saw my husband again.

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June 9, 2018

Supreme Court of Azerbaijan supports the decision to pay compensation to Jehovah’s Witnesses

On April 16, 2018, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan upheld the decision of the lower court, according to which Irina Zakharchenko and Valide Dzhabrailova should be compensated for an unfair 11-month prison sentence. Earlier, in February 2017, the Supreme Court removed from both women a criminal charge of distributing religious literature without state permission. However, the Supreme Court entrusted the consideration of the issue of compensation to the civil courts.

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June 8, 2018

At the UN, representatives from Russia discussed the issue of religious freedom

The ban on the activities of the administrative center and local organizations of Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist, has become the largest repressive action against believers since the times of the USSR. This decision has put tens of thousands of Russian citizens at risk of criminal prosecution if they continue to practice their religion.

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June 8, 2018

Why did the Russian state declare war on Jehovah’s Witnesses

The largest in Russia alternative Christian organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses (SI) is actually dispersed. A year ago, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses, accusing him of extremism.

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June 8, 2018

Austrian government is sharply criticized for Putin’s visit

The political party New Austria and the Liberal Forum (NEOS) and human rights organizations accuse the Austrian government of the fact that Vladimir Putin’s visit to Vienna undermines a single pan-European policy towards the Russian Federation.

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June 8, 2018

WIVES OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IMPRISONED IN RUSSIA SEND LETTER TO PUTIN ADVISER

The wives of Jehovah’s Witnesses rounded up and imprisoned in Russia have written an open letter to a top adviser of President Vladimir Putin, asking him to stop the campaign of terror against the religious group.

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June 6, 2018

Armenia minority religious groups continue to worship freely

Although the constitution of Armenia states that everyone has freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, religious minority groups stated they were particularly concerned with the potentially negative effect on minority religious groups of a draft law on religious freedom, the report by State Department said.

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June 6, 2018

Requiring fourth-grader to participate in Pledge ?

The fourth-grader at Explorer K-8 School stood silently on Sept. 11, hands by his side, as his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

A Jehovah’s Witness forbidden from worshiping objects, the boy’s behavior was not unusual.

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June 5, 2018

A pool inside old Jehovah’s Witnesses property in Brooklyn Heights

It will make quite a splash. That’s a literal statement, not marketing hype.

Vincent Viola plans to build an indoor swimming pool at his Brooklyn Heights Watchtower residential redevelopment project.

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June 5, 2018

Leah Remini to tackle Jehovah’s Witnesses in new special

Leah Remini reportedly has a new unscripted special at A&E in the works that will tackle the intricacies of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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June 5, 2018

Jehovah’s Witnesses vow to appeal Russia ban in European court

Jehovah’s Witnesses said, on Tuesday, it would appeal a ban on its activities in Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, saying it had exhausted all other legal channels.

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June 3, 2018

Jehovah’s Witness Student to Compete in Countrywide History Contest

Katie North advanced to the final round where she earned first place for her performance titled “Hildegard Kusserow: Jehovah’s Witnesses Refuse to Compromise During the Conflict of the Holocaust.”

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June 3, 2018

Anton Chivchalov – about persecution for the faith

Peacekeepers are rushed by riot police wearing masks with machine guns, throwing them on the floor, handcuffing, taking personal things, documents, photographs, money. For what?

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May 31, 2018

Russia update found at: jwnewsblog.wordpress.com

• Russian woman asked for political asylum in Ukraine

• Russia, Strasbourg court orders Russia to return property of Jehovah’s Witnesses

• In Orel, Russia the prosecutor’s office tried to prevent the media from covering the case of the Dane Christensen

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May 29, 2018

New Jehovah’s Witness info at JW news blog

• European Union called on Russia to guarantee the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses

• ECHR communicated complaints of Jehovah’s Witnesses fined for “illegal missionary work”

• ECHR has communicated the complaint of 395 Russian communities of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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April 28, 2018

Walks free after attacking Jehovah’s Witnesses | JW News

A drunk mother who attacked a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses with a claw hammer has walked free after a judge decided the public would be better served by rehabilitation

Kerry Mitchell had downed two bottles of vodka and eight cans of strong lager over 24 hours when she lashed out at the victims.

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April 28, 2018

Russia, “Jehovah’s Witnesses questioned by policemen in balaclaws and machine guns

Over the past two weeks, in four Russian cities, police in balaclava and submachine-guns raided the houses of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Newsweek reports.

“Since January, according to the members of the group, in their homes, at least seven times were conducted searches, including four times in April,” reports journalist Christina Maza.

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April 28, 2018

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IN RUSSIA INTERROGATED BY MASKED POLICE

In Russia, where the Orthodox Christian Church has deep ties to the highest levels of the Kremlin, the government has labeled Jehovah’s witnesses an “extremist” sect. The ruling was made exactly one year ago, in April 2017, and came into force just a few months later when Russia’s Supreme Court dismissed an appeal.

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April 24, 2018

Jehovah’s Witnesses combining resources for the greater good | JW News

A former Taranaki trucking garage which has been used by Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 20 years is up for sale.

The building is one of two Kingdom Halls being sold by the faith group, which is combining facilities to make better use of resources.

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April 24, 2018

The plight of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia | JW News

According to the Finnish Immigration Service, last year, “several dozen” members of the movement came to Finland as asylum seekers, whereas in previous years the cases were mostly isolated.

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April 24, 2018

FSB starts detaining Jehovah’s Witnesses on Kola, dozens flee to Finland | JW News

On Friday, Murmansk regional authorities’ newspaper Murmanski Vestnik reports about raids made by FSB and the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardia) in Polyarny on the Kola Peninsula.

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April 24, 2018

Package delivered to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in ‘unusual manner,’ police say | JW News

Authorities blocked off roads surrounding the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 3300 block of Weir Avenue Monday afternoon after someone called to report a suspicious package. Authorities also evacuated a nearby home.

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April 24, 2018

NY Health Officials Warn of Jehovah’s Witness Measles Exposure | JW News

Two European tourists with measles potentially exposed others at three Jehovah’s Witness facilities in the greater New York City area, health officials said Saturday night.

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April 24, 2018

Lawyers have compared the persecution of Christensen to genocide | JW News

The lawyers of the Dane Dennis Christensen accused of organizing the activities of the organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” banned in Russia (Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) in Orel compared his persecution with genocide. This defense attorney Viktor Zhenkov said April 23 in the Zheleznodorozhny District Court, where the trial of the Dane began.

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April 6, 2018

Ailing Jehovah’s Witness Released From Kazakh Prison After Pardon | JW News

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has pardoned a Jehovah’s Witness who was serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly inciting religious and ethnic hatred.

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April 6, 2018

Is it a crime to worship God in Russia? | JW News

Is it a crime to worship God? Does government have any business dictating the answer? Those who take religious freedom seriously should pay close attention to the trial of Dennis Christensen, going on now in Orel, Russia, where belief and practice of a religion are being criminalized.

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April 6, 2018

Video shows suspect linked to fires at Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls | JW News

Olympia Fire responded to the fire at Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Olympia on Monday morning, according to a press release. The fire was extinguished and the structure was unoccupied at the time, the release said.

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