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Russia’s latest attack on religious freedom – banning Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Russian Orthodox Church dominates the faith spectrum in RussiaReuters

Russia has banned the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses after a decision by its Supreme Court branded them ‘extremist’.

The decision was made after a six-day hearing and the organisation says it will appeal.

There are thought to be 395 active Jehovah’s Witness groups in Russia, totaling around 170,000 people. They are now not allowed to meet for Bible study or other activities. A spokesman, Vasily Kalin, said: ‘The Justice Ministry not only humiliates itself and its functions, but has humiliated the entire state in the eyes of the international community with an unreasonable and reckless accusation.’

The UN’s Ahmed Shaheed condemned the lawsuit in strong terms. ‘This lawsuit is a threat not only to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but to individual freedom in general

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