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Who are the Jehovah’s Witnesses? 5 things you should know

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Stacks of books distributed by a Jehovah’s Witnesses leader seen in a court hearing in Siberia, Russia in 2010.Reuters

Russia’s Supreme Court has formally banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from the country, calling the religious community an extremist organisation.

The court ordered state seizure of the group’s property and the closing of its headquarters, according to USA Today. Russian justice ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova said Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security’.

The move is deeply significant, leaving the religious community – and other groups – fearing for their security and freedom.

But the group, though many have heard their name – remain obscure and mysterious to many, including Christians.

Here are five things you should know about Jehova’s Witnesses.

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