Apr. 7 – RUSSIA: Police harassment as Supreme Court considers ban

Russia’s Supreme Court is due to resume considering a total ban on Jehovah’s Witness activity on 12 April. Already police in several towns have disrupted their worship. A Moscow community’s rental of a hall to mark their main annual commemoration was cancelled after an FSB visit.

In the Sverdlovsk Region town of Tavda, five law enforcement agents interrupted a service, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18. One of them “went onto the stage and read out the Justice Ministry’s order regarding the suspension of activities, and announced that the service was over

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