Russia’s supreme court ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organization and ordered its headquarters near St. Petersburg to be shut down, Reuters reported Thursday.
The court received the request to ban the group from the justice ministry, according to the AP.
Russian news agency Interfax reported a justice ministry official, Svetlana Borisova, saying that Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security.”Also On PoliticoRussian TV won’t show EurovisionSaim Saeed
There are about 170,000 followers ofÂ the religiousÂ group in Russia. Authorities had already put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned …read more
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