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February 15, 2019

US Calls on Russia to Stop Persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

The United States harshly criticized the recent conviction of a Russian court against a member of a religious organization, Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Danish citizen, Dennis Christensen. This is stated in the statement of the temporary attorney of the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Harry Kamien.

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February 14, 2019

Justice Ministry : Russia has no reason to revise the position on “Jehovah’s Witnesses” – JWnews

There are no grounds for changing the position of the Russian Federation on the recognition of Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization, said Deputy Head of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, authorized by the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Mikhail Halperin.

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February 14, 2019

What prevents to exclude “Jehovah’s Witnesses” from the Russian list of extremists? – JWnews

Even more than a month ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the ban on the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses “complete rubbish” and promised to discuss the situation with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. However, no changes have occurred since then. What prevents to cancel this ban?

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February 13, 2019

Russian Supreme Court chief doubles down on Jehovah’s Witnesses ban – JWnews

The Chair of Russia’s Supreme Court, Vyacheslav Lebedev, argued today that the country’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses is not motivated by religious animus. His statement came several days after an elder in the organization was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of organizing an extremist group.

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February 11, 2019

Millions of Russians saw the link to the official Jehovah’s Witness website – JWnews

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A link to the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses was once again shown on one of the central TV channels in Russia. Unfortunately, some Russian citizens were held accountable for the link to this site, the name of which you see in the photo above. In general, believers are very grateful to the media for their assistance in disseminating links to the official international resource of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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February 11, 2019

China Supports Russia’s Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

While the world condemns the sentencing of Witnesses in Russia to harsh jail penalties for the only crime of practicing their faith, China applauds the persecution.

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February 9, 2019

The UN accused Russia of violating international obligations because of the sentencing of a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stated that the court’s decision “is in fact criminalizing the right to profess a religion or to adhere to any kind of faith.”

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February 8, 2019

Russia detains more Jehovah’s Witnesses amid crackdown – JWnews

“We agree with President Putin that persecuting peaceful believers is utter nonsense, and call on Russia to respect freedom of religion,” Andrea Kalan, a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow, said on Twitter.

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February 6, 2019

Danish Jehovah’s witness gets 6 years for ‘extremism’ in Russia – JWnews

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A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison for “extremism”, in the first conviction of its kind since a 2017 law that outlawed the religious group.

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February 1, 2019

Pressure on Jehovah’s Witnesses by Russian security forces – JWnews

On January 1, investigators interrogated believers, including elderly women, in the case of Natalia Sorokina and Maria Troshina in the town of Sychevka, Smolensk Region. One of the believers was threatened with removal from the child’s family.

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February 1, 2019

Russia, Cities told to fight against Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

The administration of the Kemerovo region warned the heads of cities and districts of the continuing activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses and called for counteracting them by attracting the media and “traditional” confessions.

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January 25, 2019

Joint statement on the freedom to religion or belief in Russia – JWnews

We, the members of the NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform, express our deep concern for the deprivation of the right to freedom of religion or belief towards Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and the persecution of the Community members.

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January 25, 2019

Jehovah’s Witnesses, ‘A Litmus Test For Religious Freedom’ in Russia (video) – JWnews

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January 21, 2019

Russian secret recordings of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

I“It’s true, I’m an elder,” he confessed to the judge. “For Jehovah’s Witnesses, this is not a position, but a way of life of a servant of God.” As evidence, Christensen brought to the court excerpts from the Bible, which speak of high moral requirements for elders. However, he strongly rejected the charge of “convening meetings” and that he was the “organizer” of worship services.

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January 15, 2019

Russia, 269 searches of the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

According to reports, in 2018, 269 searches were conducted in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout Russia. All searches are a direct consequence of the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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January 3, 2019

In exile with Russia’s persecuted Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

Thousands have fled since their Christian sect was outlawed and labelled an extremist group on a par with Islamic State,writes Tom Parfitt in Konnunsuo, Finland

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January 2, 2019

Repression of Russian citizens on religious grounds-JWnews

These people did not kill, did not rape, did not steal and did not fool around. They, like more than 8 million of their brethren in the world, study and preach the Bible, and try to live by it. Now they are thrown into prison. Their guilt is that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. ”

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December 30, 2018

Russia added to US State Department’s religious freedom ‘special watch list’ – JWnews

Russia has been criticized for banning Jehovah’s Witnesses and abusing its anti-extremism law to prosecute peaceful worshipers and nontraditional groups including Scientologists. Since the passing of Russia’s 2016 law criminalizing missionary activity, NGOs have reported 156 cases of religious groups being targeted

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December 24, 2018

Hope for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia – JWnews

Putin suddenly changed his attitude towards the current, saying: “Jehovah’s Witnesses are also Christians. I do not really understand why they are being pursued. Therefore, it needs to be reviewed. ”

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December 21, 2018

Russia’s violations of religious freedoms – JWnews

April 2017, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization. It was eliminated and banned in the country.

According to media reports, more than 80 criminal cases were instituted against Russian Jehovists, 27 people were detained.

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December 20, 2018

FYI – Does Putin Know What’s Happening to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia? – JWnews

Vladimir Putin – “We should treat the representatives of all religions in the same way – this is true, but still, it is also necessary to take into account the country and the society in which we live. True, this does not mean at all that we should include representatives of religious communities in some destructive, or even in terrorist organizations. Of course, this is complete nonsense, you need to carefully deal with it. Here I agree with you.”

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December 19, 2018

Historic Russian persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

Currently, dozens of people across the country are in jail, under house arrest and on his own recognizance. A correspondent of Sibir.Realiy talked with Yaroslav Sivulsky, a representative of the European Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses who received political asylum in Latvia .

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December 15, 2018

Omsk,Russia. 5 months in solitary confinement for their faith – JWnews

December 4, 2018 Sergey and Anastasia Polyakov were transferred under house arrest. They spent in solitary confinement exactly five months. By subjecting the spouses to such ill-treatment, the law enforcement authorities urged them, in fact, to incriminate themselves and other people.

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December 13, 2018

Russia, Jehovah’s Witness saves 300 lives is branded an extremist – JWnews

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When we hear the word extremist, we have an association of a person who threatens the lives of others. We want to tell about a person who does not threaten, but saves the lives of others, but he was recorded as an extremist.

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December 11, 2018

Russian court ordered the arrest of two followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in absentia

Maximov and Prikhodko are accused of continuing the activities of the local community of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Both of them are abroad and are put on the federal and international wanted list.

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December 10, 2018

Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) beat up 80 year old Jehovah’s Witness – JWnews

Because of the harsh, unceremonious actions of the armed FSB officers in masks, the two Jehovah’s Witnesses rose sharply and had to be hospitalized.

It is with deep regret that one of the believers suffered a miscarriage as a result of severe stress.

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December 10, 2018

A resident of Syzran, Russia fined for extremist link – JWnews

The Syzran court considered the case of a local resident who was accused under Article 20.29 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation “Production and distribution of extremist materials.”

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December 8, 2018

The Cowards of Kamchatsky, Russia – JWnews

A group of more than 10 armed masked law enforcement officers invaded the home of a local resident. Because . . .

13 people in the house were suspected of joint reading of the Bible.

One only wonders why the masked law enforcement officers didn’t just open fire on this group of nefarious criminals 🙂

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September 15, 2018

Russian Federal Security Service fight against Jehovah’s Witnesses

in June 2018, FSB officers in masks broke into the apartment, where the “Witnesses” with their children and elderly relatives were drinking tea peacefully. Against Gennady Shpakovsky as a former leader of a religious organization, they opened a criminal case and blocked all accounts where they received a pension and a salary.

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September 6, 2018

ECHR: defects in Russian legislation

The insults of the police and even the controversial religious literature are not a manifestation of extremism.

“The teaching presented in this fragment of the pamphlet is not specific to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in general, it is inherent not only to them, but also to other areas of Christianity, and goes back directly to the text of the Bible, “experts concluded.

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