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NEW YORK—After six days of hearings over the last two weeks, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation today upheld the claim submitted by the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and 395 Local Religious Organizations (LROs) used by Witnesses throughout Russia. The ruling goes into effect immediately.

“We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity,” states Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. “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.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have 30 days to submit their appeal for consideration by a three-person panel.

Media Contacts:

International: David A. Semonian, Office of Public Information, +1-845-524-3000

Russia: Yaroslav Sivulskiy, +7-911-087-8009
Source: jw.org

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Name: Ohemaa
I think it's because they refuse blood transfusion
Name: Agyei 1
Like Seriously? I still have this in mind though, 2Timothy 3:12 , Mathew 5:10-12.
Name: Gordon Lotsu
It was reported on Russian Tv in London sometime in 2009 or 2010 that the Jehovah's Witnesses Organization was banned in Russia, but the reason for the ban to the best of my knowledge was not because of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and I believe same is being repeated here. President Vladimir Putin did not call for the banning of the Organization because of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What the President is saying is that the Organization is committing crimes against humanity hence calling them criminals. What criminal activities are being carried out by the Organization and why is the Organization refusing to comment on it or refusing to deny the allegations of criminality being leveled against it? Why is the international media like CNN, BBC, refusing to write about the alleged criminal activities? The Organization and the International media should tell the world the whole truth.
Name: Maa
Please it is very sad, but be honest with God. Jehovah Witness Movement some of their behavior these days are different from the olden days. If you dont belong to they church they dont regard you as a human. they should try and show Gods love to mankind. I will pray for them.
Name: Agbeli
Its so sad things have turned this way. Even though I am not a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, I like their magazines which are so educative. Russian officials should rethink again and I pray that they win the appeal.
Name: OR
What was their crime which necessitated their banishment from the Russia? We need to know.
Name: Naa Ara
signs of the last days, but Jehovah shall see us through
To me if only the activities of the Jehovah Witness has been compromised, then it is and was necessary for the court to rule them out BUT if they have not been compromised then the Almighty Lord will surely fight for them.
Name: hmmmm
i wish to know the reason for the ban

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