Russia, Misuse of Anti-Extremism in July 2016

It was reported in July that two religious organizations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Stavropol and in Nizhny Tagil (the Sverdlovsk Region), were fined 100 thousand each under Article 20.29 of the Administrative Code for possession of Jehovah’s Witnesses pamphlets deemed extremist, with intent to distribute. We regard bans against the Jehovah’s Witnesses literature, liquidation of their communities and persecution of the believers as religious discrimination.

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