Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned by Russia’s Supreme Court After ‘Extremist’ Tag Upheld

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(Newsweek) Russia’s Supreme Court has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization, ordering its assets liquidated and banning all activities in the country, Russian state media reported Thursday. The ban will not come into force until after the group’s appeal is heard. The ruling upholds a claim made by Russia’s Ministry of Justice.

Responding to the ruling, Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, confirmed that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be appealing the ruling.

“We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity,” he said. “We will appeal this decision, and we hope that our legal rights and protections as a peaceful religious group will be fully restored as soon as possible.”

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  • Sisyphus

    Maybe the Russian government could contract the Jehovah’s Witnesses to deliver the mail as long as they are going door to door.

    • Rich


  • Much as my initial reaction is that it’s an ominous sign, the Bible says not to bid these fellows God speed:

    Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
    For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

    I want no part of their doctrine nor their deeds. Good on ya Russia.

    • Musky

      So you’re OK with the government attacking a religion you don’t like?

      I guess all those verses about mercy didn’t quite sink in, did they?

      You don’t realize that a government that tags one religion as “extremist” might do it to YOUR religion?

      • Rich

        …and I’m ok with that. I see nothing of government loving the Christian faith anywhere in the new testament. We can see the results of govt acceptance of a faith…the roman catholic church.
        As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, pray for His soon return, and prepare for the worst the world can throw at us, as we share His message of love love to those who are looking at an eternity separated from God.
        The JWs are a cult that spreads lies that sent people to hell…there is nothing “peaceful” about that. I will love them and share my faith with them, but I will not support their lies.
        Have a great day.

      • Yes, I’m okay with the government attacking this particular publishing company and its attached wicked religion, since its falsehoods harden people to the gospel. That same government will most definitely tag MY religion as extremist – I don’t expect mercy from them. That they do the right thing right now for evil reasons is a great mercy – perhaps while they shut off some of the the heretical spouting, grace will be with more men, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

        • Musky

          “in truth and love”? How ironic. These people are not being punished for any crimes, they are punished for their religious beliefs. And you are glad about it. And you sign off your coldblooded little post with “mercy and peace” and “truth and love.”

          Kid, if you are a Christian, Satan is a Christian. You would have loved living in the year 1200, you would have made a great Inquisitor. Pile up the firewood, those heretics deserve to burn!

      • Robert

        I am So is God

  • Musky

    We had an atheist neighbor who used to cuss the Jehovah’s Witnesses out really loud. Of course she knew that they would just walk away quietly. JWs are very wrong in their doctrines, but that doesn’t mean they should be verbally or legally abused. The Russians are totally wrong in this recent action. JWs are usually very docile and law-abiding citizens. If they can tag them as “extremist” today, just be aware that they can do the same thing tomorrow to evangelical Protestants. Russia has a long tradition of the Orthodox state church harassing other religions. It can happen again.

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Good. Do you realize how many lives are lost because of the JW cult? Keep cults out.

  • William of Glynn

    This is what is to come in the United States once the cult of fundamentalist Christianity takes hold of every single facet of local, state, and federal government.

  • Robert

    Well The Russians missed a bullet to the brain by doing that. Even if it’s discriminatory.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The JWs ban the real Holy Bible from their members. That’s far more problematic.

    • Trilemma

      The Bible the JW’s use is just as good as any other Bible. There are many Christian denominations that don’t believe God is triune. Doesn’t mean they aren’t Christians.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        JWs’ translation is dishonest and inaccurate. If they had no guile within, they’d have no such deceitful translation. They purposefully lead people astray by using a false translation because they do not want to believe what God says. True Christians believe in the Holy Trinity because it is the only honest conclusion from the entire Word of God.

        • Trilemma

          From what I’ve seen, all translations can be accused of being dishonest and inaccurate. Is there a particular verse from their Bible you believe is egregiously dishonest and inaccurate?

          The triune God theory is not well supported by the Bible and appears to be based on the Roman god Janus who was two in one and called the first and the last. Is there a verse in the Bible that actually says God is three persons in one God?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            JWs’ translation alone is intentionally false while the Mormons use extra book to nullify the use of the correct translation. Cults bend the text to uphold their false doctrines. The Holy Bible teaches that God is one, and also that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God throughout the text. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is the only honest conclusion. Honest humans read all of the Holy Bible and believe in God according to what He said He is.

  • Trilemma

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are just as much Christians as Catholics and Protestants. I find it surprising that Christians would be so eager to throw their brothers and sisters in Christ to the wolves.

    • Malleus

      As if you cared.

      You gays would love to see us all dead.

      • Trilemma

        I do care and I don’t want to see anyone dead. Do you care that this has happened to the Jehovah’s Witnesses?